Either sixteen stories in a circle or an inconsequential novel. Stories of art, loneliness and New York City by noted music journalist Kurt Gottschalk.
Gottschalk is a wry and accurate observer; he is masterful at finding his characters' vulnerable spots, but he never exploits their frailties, and always approaches them with heart. He has a gift for dialogue, both external and internal, and some of the most entertaining passages involve characters wrestling with their own thoughts. In his clean, crisp prose, Gottschalk manages precisely to convey the convoluted dance between thoughts and actions and other people's reactions.
- Florence Wetzel, All About Jazz
Header image courtesy Lisa Ferber, detail from "Kurt hopes you are done so he can read now" (2013)