The American dream is taken to task in three new works of fiction about people trying to be good but often becoming misdirected or confused, despite best intentions. Jon Raymond’s Freebird features a family story of morality, evil, venture capitalism, wastewater, PTSD, teen angst, and the Holocaust. Helen Phillips wrote of the characters populating Deb Olin Unferth’s Wait Till You See Me Dance, “We may laugh at them, but ultimately we ache along with them.” And a soccer player finds himself in Portland, in the 1980s, and in the middle of a communist plot in Dennie Wendt’s Hooper’s Revolution. With moderator Cari Luna (The Revolution of Every Day).
Wicked Funny: American Absurdity in Fiction
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