I am pleased to announce that Before the Ripcord Broke: Stories is now published.
In his new collection of short stories, Charlie Close gives us people who try, succeed, and sometimes fail to connect with others.
He gives us a poor family celebrating its first Halloween in a rich neighborhood, a waitress trying to get the attention of the silent new man in town, teachers talking about their students’ crushes, a boy stuck in a car with the kid he beat up, a roadie who finally busts loose during sound check, a business consultant who assassinates her client, and a disgraced accountant who frames his wife for his own murder.
The stories are told with Charlie Close’s unique insight, compassion, and biting sense of humor. They are dark, comic, sweet, ironic, and…weird.
Read Before the Ripcord Broke and discover that, however different we may feel, we are not so different after all.