Seven Eleven Forgotten and Other Stories
By Barnaby Hazen
Publisher: Seven Eleven Stories
Published: December 2015
Genre: Literary Fiction, Short Stories
Formats Available For Review: Print (limited quantities, only available to qualified reviewers and bloggers in the U.S.), Pdf
The innovative use of a common theme, convenience store phenomena, oddly weaves these nine strange tales together. The book follows a recurring character throughout the collection, Alex Aronovich, while he flees a distasteful life in Los Angeles—only to find Moscow every bit as unforgiving of his knack for romantic folly.
Four stories (“Seven Eleven Ceremony,” “Crash: Seven Eleven!” “Seven Eleven on a Boat,” and “Seven Eleven Forgotten”) revolve around Alex Aronovich—a talented but profoundly discouraged soul, searching listlessly for a connection to the world around him.
In the last of these tales (“Seven Eleven Forgotten”), Alex finds himself binge drinking to the point of hallucinations, and has an unfortunate run-in with Ana, a sharp, unscrupulous ex-girlfriend. These events lead him to what seems an inevitable trip overseas, where he finds that while the scenery is different, and perhaps more fitting to his malaise, the disorientation driving his condition remains a chronic obstacle.
Other stories (such as “A TIA for Gia,” and “Princess 7”) dance eclectically and playfully around the same convenience store theme–as a painter’s subject used repeatedly, from never the same point of view.
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