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The Lousy Adult

William J. Cobb

Ten short stories depict a kaleidoscope of characters--maybe even someone you know.

In The Lousy Adult, William J. Cobb reveals a world where love and respect collide with achievement and desire, a world where people often get what they want, yet must pay the price of alienation, remorse, and retribution in order to obtain it.

In "The Sea Horse," a teenage boy defends a battered woman against her abusive husband while he deals with the loss of his own parents. In "Warsaw, 1984," a young man travels through Europe and ends up in a relationship in a country he can't understand. The Lousy Adult presents ten short stories about defrocked priests, guilty electricians, hardened mothers, and other colorful characters who portray the complexity of the human race.

Praise for William J. Cobb's The Fire Eaters

"Cobb's short stories, printed in the New Yorker and other magazines, hinted at the power he displays in this beautifully controlled and convincing debut, winner of the 1992 Associated Writing Programs award for the novel."--Publisher's Weekly

Book Details

  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publish Date: Nov 1st, 2013
  • Pages: 216
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.51in - 5.60in - 0.57in - 0.58lb
  • EAN: 9781421411477
  • Recommended age: 18-UP
  • Categories: Short Stories (single author)Literary

About the Author

Cobb, William J.: - William J. Cobb is a novelist, essayist, and short fiction writer whose work has been published in The Antioch Review, The Mississippi Review, The New Yorker, and many others. He is author of three novels--The Bird Saviors, The Fire Eaters, and Goodnight, Texas--and a book of stories, The White Tattoo.
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