NewPages on McOmber:"One stunning descriptive passage after another"
Adam McOmber, BOA poet NewPages Book Reviews had high words for Adam McOmber's most recent short story collection, This New and Poisonous Air, which blends historical fiction with fantasy and the macabre. NewPages critic, Patricia Contino praises McOmber's eye for detail as well as his sense of storytelling, stating that "every page has a paragraph or more worth savoring." However, "McOmber's gift for detail never infringes on the narrative." Stories such as "Fall, Orpheum" - in which "a small town movie palace becomes the temple for an entire town’s devotion and sacrifice" - not only exemplify McOmber's sense of narrative balance, but have "the power of capturing celluloid and real life." As the review highlights, the strength and refreshing nature of McOmber's style are not showcased in just one or two stories but are consistently prevalent throughout This New and Poisonous Air. Each of the protagonists lead "ordinary lives with secrets and daydreams until something distorts their world." And while some things are better left unexplored, these varied and innovative encounters " further sharpen a need to know," according to Contino. McOmber utilizes his time with the reader by focusing on ideas such as "fantasy and reality" and succeeds in revealing the false dichotomy between them. This New and Poisonous Air, Contino explains, "proves tenfold, those two realms go together—and their meeting ground is neither safe nor predictable." This New and Poisonous Air is available here To read the full review follow the link here
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