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Shadow Traffic The New York Times Book Review has praised Richard Burgin s stories as eerily funny dexterous too haunting to be easily forgotten, while the Philadelphia Inquirer calls him one of America s most distinctive storytellers no one of his generation reports the contemporary war between the sexes with devastating wit and accuracy Now, in Shadow Traffic, his seventh collection of stories, five time Pushcart Prize winner Richard Burgin gives us his most incisive, witty, and daring collection to date as he explores the mysteries of love and identity, ambition and crime, and our ceaseless, if ambivalent, quest for truthIn Memorial Day, an aging man at a public swimming pool recalls a brief but momentous affair he had with a young British woman in London thirty years ago and the paradoxical role his recently deceased father played in it In the highly suspenseful Memo and Oblivion, set in the near future in New York, two rival drug organizations engage in a dangerous battle for supremacy one promoting a pill that increases memory exponentially, the other a pill that dramatically eliminates memory The Interview centers on a B movie starlet married to a much older and famous director and her tragic yet comic interview with an ambitious but conflicted young reporter Shadow Traffic justifies the New York Times claim that Burgin offers characters of such variety that no generalizations about them can apply and why the Boston Globe concluded that Burgin s tales capture the strangeness of a world that is simultaneously frightening and reassuring, and in the contemporary American short story nothing quite resembles his singular voice

About the Author: Richard Burgin

Richard Burgin s stories have won five Pushcart Prizes and been reprinted in numerous anthologies including The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, The Best American Mystery Stories, and New Jersey Noir edited by Joyce Carol Oates He is the author is 16 books including two novels, Rivers Last Longer and Ghost Quartet, eight collections of short fiction, as well as the interview books Conversations with Jorge Louis Borges and Conversations with Isaac Bashevis Singer His book The Identity Club New and Selected Stories was listed as one of The Best Books of 2006 by The Times Literary Supplement and as one of the 40 Best Books of Fiction of the last decade by The Huffington Post Other books have been listed as Notable Books of the Year by The St Louis Post Dispatch and three times by The Philadelphia Inquirer In France a Richard Burgin reader, L Ecume Des Flammes was published in 2011, which received a rave review in Le Monde He is the founder and current editor of the literary magazine Boulevard.

10 thoughts on “Shadow Traffic

  1. JBedient JBedient says:

    Great writing here All the characters in this collection are lonely, lost, deprived searching for some kind of connection Heard that before Doesn t matter, Burgin tells a story in a really unique voice that is hard to describe, and shouldn

  2. Grady Grady says:

    Twelve Uniquely Creative Stories The Mind of Richard BurginThis review is from Shadow Traffic Johns Hopkins Poetry and Fiction Hardcover SHADOW TRAFFIC is such a perfect title for this collection of short stories by the highly regarded writer Ric

  3. Amy Amy says:

    It would be too humiliating to face him on the playground if he stole my money Jeff is a self made man with his new condo and telecommuting job, cash, and good looks, he d seem to have it all Yet in the second story of this collection, The Dealer , auth

  4. Joe Joe says:

    I review Richard Burgin s new story collection, Shadow Traffic, in the St Louis Post Dispatch Often, Burgin s characters miss the meaning of all they ve undergone, and they re left with memories of regret and anguish They re obsessive, eccentric, sometimes soc

  5. Marie Marie says:

    Some really great stories here The Group was my favorite of the collection.

  6. Emily Emily says:

    A couple of the stories were really weird and not in a good way But overall, I really enjoyed this book.

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