Anticipated Results

Anticipated Results

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Here are some lost members of the Boomer Generation-chronic underachieversat work and love-recurring characters in Dennis E. Bolen's Anticipated Results , his first story collection with Arsenal Pulp Press. Seeking solace in each other's dysfunctional company; conducting ill-organized interventions; throwing disastrous dinner parties; trying to fix their cars: all the disparate behaviours of a societal subset whose demeanour masks a disquieting rage at how they've lost their way and an impotent desire to try to find it again.

Written with unnerving eloquence evocative ofRaymond Carver, Anticipated Results could be about any of us--wracked with self-doubt and anguish over what has come before, yet still clinging with vigor to the idea of what may yet come to be.

Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781551524009
Branch Call Number: BOL
Characteristics: 239 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm


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For some odd reason, I rarely read short stories. There are just so many fantastic novels out there! However, I’m glad I picked up Dennis E. Bolen’s Anticipated Results—it read like a novel as each poignant tale featured characters from the same group of disenchanted friends. Bolen’s writing was masterful and eloquent as he depicted the daily disappointments and dysfunctions of a subset of the Baby Boomer generation in Vancouver. A dinner party gone awry became a fantastic tale of suspense that left me chilled and really moved me. Bolen has a way with words and I look forward to reading other works by him. (submitted by MS)

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