Through a collection of stories, Christopher Coake examines the fallout from failed relationships between men and women, relationships that have crumbled under the weight of betrayal, misplaced hopes, illness and, in particular, from masculinity, at its most toxic and misguided. These fictions ask very contemporary questions: how do ex-spouses learn to live again in proximity to one another; how do we make peace with our bodies and their own worst impulses; how do we learn to turn and face, full-on, the worst mistakes of our younger selves? Coake was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and has been published in numerous literary journals. He’s the author of the novel You Came Back and the story collection We’re in Trouble.
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