"To read [Dybek] is to be reminded of the resonance of small moments, the connections that arise and dissipate with the passing power of a thought . . . Again and again, we get a notion of what might have been, of life or narrative going in different ways." —David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times"A modern master . . . Dybek is incapable of writing a dull page." —Clarence Brown, The Seattle Times
"Paper Lantern . . . deserves to be read and reread by those who cherish words and all that they evoke when they are carefully strung together." —Kevin Grauke, philly.com"The nine stories gathered here have appeared, scattered across two decades, in the most prestigious American outlets for short fiction; they make for a remarkably unified and consistent collection. . . . A very fine book from a gifted practitioner of the short story form." —Publisher's Weekly, starred review
Three of the stories are very good -- "Tosca" (which is very, very good), "Seiche", and "Four Deuces".
In a world populated by much printed rubbish, Stuart Dybek's short stories stand out for their evocative, poetic images, sensuality, and simple humanity.
The book works as a seamless totality, and has a way of staying with you long after you've put it down.
In a world populated by much printed rubbish, Stuart Dybek's short stories stand out for their evocative, poetic images, sensuality, and simple humanity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by windiciti
Dybek is a master of the short story and related short prose forms. A must read.Published 6 months ago by Peter A. Fiore
Loved his technique. However, on 3 occasions, he used the same (or almost identical) clever phrases in multiple stories. An annoyance if you're reading the book straight through.Published 7 months ago by Alfred J. Padilla
Stuart Dybek shows a different side, the stories here are hypnotic, erotic and slightly disturbing. A book you won't easily put down.Published 8 months ago by Lisa L Smith