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A story from Stuart Evers's debut collection, Ten Stories About Smoking

By Stuart Evers   March 2011

Stuart Evers is a London-based literary critic. In his first short-story collection, Ten Stories about Smoking, he takes a clear look at quiet lives, in writing that has been praised for freeing itself from the dominant tone of British literary fiction in the last 25 years. Aravind Adiga, author of The White Tiger and winner of the 2008 Man Booker prize, has praised Evers for “an impressive debut,” noting that “love, loss and recovery are the real themes of these quiet, haunting stories.” David Vann, a rising star of American fiction, wrote that “Evers has found possibility in even the…

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