Propelled by a multitude of idiosyncratic voices, the stories in Kevin Moffett's Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events are tragic in their conception and comic in their execution. Moffett casts light on characters in transitional states, stalled and puzzled. In "In the Pines," a Civil War reenactor visits an elderly woman recently relocated to a retirement home. In "Border to Border," an immigrant working at an amusement park faces a disconcerting choice when he loses one of his dental crowns. In "First Marriage," a honeymooning couple is stalled in Arizona by the stink of dead animal in their rental car. Even as they bumble and disappoint their way through these stories, these characters elicit from us a sympathy—even a self-identification—that is something much stronger than pity. The result is an unsettling and unforgettable collection. Written with penetrating insight into our motivations and fears, Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events is a wise, funny, and haunting book that signals the emergence of a trailblazing talent.
Moffett is a master of the quirky, off -beat and often very humorous story.
I'm not one who demands a happy ending to every book, but 9 stories in a row of the same type of down and out tone left me feeling unsatisfied.
I just didn't feel any connection to the characters, so I ended up not caring enough what they thought or did.
I read everything I can get my hands on and often plow through a book a day, or two on a good day. It kills me not to finish a book, even a rotten one, because I just have to know... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dave Cunningham
I was pleased to find that this was a very enjoyable book to read. After starting the story I had a very hard time walking away from the book. Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by M. Brown
'Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events' contains 9 short stories, starting with the longest, titular story. Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by J. Finkel
This collection of 9 short stories was definitely a quick read at 240 pages and I was able to finish in one sitting, and I believe that was the problem. Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by Sara M
The stories follow the title to the t. They are definitely an extended interpretation of something that is autobiographical to the author. Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by Monika Matthews
Kevin Moffett isn't simply a scribe, he is an efficient observer, a photo-realist with words, the fly on the wall that you sometimes wish you were in certain situations. Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by AIROLF
As a fan of the short story, I am often disappointed in short story collections because the authors are often one-trick ponies rewriting essentially the same story over and over... Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I found this to be a very readable book. Once I started a story I had a hard time putting the book down--and when I got to the end of one story I had a hard time not starting the... Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Happymama
This is a collection of nine short stories that are a slice of life for the characters within them. There isn't a resolution within the stories, but are written to make provoke the... Read morePublished on March 31, 2012 by grumpydan