Victor Lodato

The short fiction in this week's (2nd April) New Yorker is a must-read. 'P.E' by Victor Lodato brilliantly captures comic poignancy in the life of, and relationship between, an estranged alcoholic father and his adult, obese son. The father visits the son in Tucson, where he hopes to lay to rest some of the tragic ghosts of the past. It's pitch perfect. Intrigued by Lodato I looked up his debut novel, Mathilda Savitch, which I am now reading on kindle. It is more of a crossover book, but one that has crystal clear observations and the frozen grief of Mathilda who struggles to find a way to her teacher parents in the aftermath of the (another) tragic death of Helene, Mathilda's older sister. I'm racing through it.


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