Apparition and Late Fictions: A Novella and Stories

No nonfiction writer of quality can finally resist the urge to commit fiction. It’s like a venial sin you have to get out of your system. Here we have the estimable Mr. Lynch, author of the extraordinary The Undertaking (a funny, moving, startling, lyrical account of his years as an undertaker in Michigan), as well as other books of essays and poems, suddenly emitting a collection of fiction. Normally readers want to duck and cover their eyes and murmur quiet prayers when a terrific nonfiction writer tries fiction, but, hey, surprise: Apparition and Late Fictions is pretty good. The title story (the novella) is very good. You’ll never think of Protestant ministers the same way again.


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