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Sweet Nothing: Stories Hardcover – February 10, 2015
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"Richard Lange's stories are a revelation. He writes of the disaffections and bewilderments of ordinary lives with as keen an anger and searing lyricism as anybody out there today. He is Raymond Carver reborn in a hard cityscape. Read him and be amazed."―T.C. Boyle, author of San Miguel
"Beautifully crafted . . . Beckett is Lange's major writing influence, but judging from the casual eloquence of his stories, Lange has already earned a place close to Beckett's elevated company."―Jack Batten, Toronto Star
"You know you're in the hands of an expert....The author creates poetry from the simplest of words and moments....This is the kind of book you'll want to savor."―Lisa L. Kirchner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"For me the best stories are rabbit holes. You read the first lines, maybe a page, and you're down there. Somewhere else. Another life. Richard Lange is one cwazy wabbit."―James Sallis, author of Drive
"Lange knows how to inhabit the skin of his protagonists and breathe life and vitality into them with his minimalist prose....Sweet Nothing is an intense, darkly funny collection from a writer who is working at peak form."―Keith Rawson, Lit Reactor
"With his lyrical yet matter-of-fact prose, Lange drills straight to the center of society's fringe....Lange's sense of isolation laced with desperation pervades this collection by the former Guggenheim fellow who has been compared to short-short auteur Raymond Carver."―Angela Lutz, Kansas City Star
"What makes this collection a wonderful read is that it's only marginally akin to anything else. Swift, gut-wrenching, and sometimes cleverly disarming fiction by a master."―Joe R. Lansdale, author of The Thicket and Edge of Dark Water
"An outstanding set of stories, told in Lange's eloquent, almost poetic, prose....I could keep quoting from Sweet Nothing all day, but instead will implore you to pick up your own copy. The architecture of Lange's writing alone is worth the price of admission."―Malcolm Avenue Review
"For all the darkness that runs through the stories, Lange maintains a disarmingly light touch. . . . These tales are not far removed from the classic stories of O. Henry and Guy de Maupassant."―Kirkus Reviews
"These stories traffic in the vagaries of the human heart, those wants and needs that push us down dark paths. His vision is steely-eyed, yet you sense that Lange loves his characters-even the worst of them."―Craig Davidson, author of Cataract City
About the Author
Richard Lange is the author of the story collection Dead Boys, and the novels This Wicked World and Angel Baby. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2004 and 2011. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Like I said every story in this book is great, so great I can't really pick favorites. I loved everyone as much as the next. I put Lange's novel This Wicked World in my tbr shelf. I can't wait to read want Lange can do in longer form. I see this guy becoming one of my favorites. Read Sweet Nothing if you like Denis Johnson or Joshua Mohr. You won't regret it unless you don't have a heart.
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Richard Lange -- where have you been all of my life? I am a lover of short stories and these ten are the best of the best.Read more