Alex Mindt, "Reception"

A boy tries to set his dad up with the divorcée across the street.

(from Male of the Species)

But why does he want his dad to date Mrs. Castagna, to marry her? To soften his father up. But also, to ease the burden of his part in his mother’s death. “Reception” works so well at creating its own little world. Despite the fact that this story owes its existence to a Ryan Adams song, it’s a gem, a keeper, a memorable reading experience. It’s not so much the plot, though it’s sort of classic and surprising at the same time, it’s the way it’s told and the details that flesh it out.
I really wish I could find you a link to this one.

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