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Rain Taxi calls 'To Assume a Pleasing Shape' "a collection of spells"

Weston Cutter of Rain Taxi Book Reviews is calling Joe Salvatore's debut short-story collection To Assume a Pleasing Shape a "magnetic and propulsive" work of fiction. As Cutter puts it, the eleven stories in the collection are about "how life is more than simply a matter of keeping up 'spirit and spine,' how life is about living within the knowledge of our own end, and trying to love and share ourselves despite the casual doom of the day-to-day." To Assume a Pleasing Shape (BOA 2011) According to Cutter, "Salvatore offers narratives that read and feel ultimately twinned... in most of the stories the reader must try to catch up with a narrative that began before we arrived..." In this way, Cutter continues, the collection is "free of plotted drama--[the stories] swirl and seethe and wrap about themselves in the telling, offering their own strange logic." Reviewers everywhere are impressed with this debut collection and Salvatore's unique style-- we hope you will be too! Check out the complete review of To Assume a Pleasing Shape on Rain Taxi here, and get your copy of Salvatore's collection at the BOA Bookstore!

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