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Dancing with Dasein and Other Stories Mark Morganstern

Dancing with Dasein and Other Stories

Mark Morganstern

Published October 28th 2015
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In this collection of fourteen stories—mostly set among working folks in the Hudson River Valley of New York—music, food, philosophy, and magic weave through tales that are by turns gritty, aching, and comical. Characters grapple with unfulfilledMoreIn this collection of fourteen stories—mostly set among working folks in the Hudson River Valley of New York—music, food, philosophy, and magic weave through tales that are by turns gritty, aching, and comical. Characters grapple with unfulfilled dreams in a dizzying, often alien culture. Meet a Bronx Italian Zen master with a baby and an ex-football-star partner…a young curator assigned to coddle an infamous avant-garde artist whose assistant threatens her marriage…a Homer scholar who disappears in a blizzard over a stone wall, never to be seen again…a failed graduate student who nearly gets paralyzed delivering a case of gourmet cat food to his Heidegger professor to settle a vague psychic debt…a reincarnating Ancient Egyptian chef who travels thousand of years from the banks of the Nile to a surf-crazed town in Southern California to open a bakery…and others. All are drawn with empathy and wry humor, observed through a sharp lens as they wrestle and waltz with the blunt challenge of being human—Dancing with Dasein. ------ Of all the tofu joints in the world, hed walked into mine. Morgansterns funny, sad, exceedingly human stories set in the Hudson Valley and their portrayals of our foibles, vanities and dreams, nascent and crushed, bring to mind such classic regionals as Sherwood Andersons Winesburg, Ohio, Salingers Upper West Side, and Trollopes Barsetshire. Dancing with Dasein will make you want to live in a place like Rosendale, New York, or stay as far away as humanly possible. —Jennifer Belle, best-selling author of High Maintenance and The Seven Year Bitch ------ Mark Morganstern has an original voice and every story displays his great talent. The stories are original and quirky—and very enjoyable. —Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of Sleeping Arrangements