Welcome Thieves: Stories

By Sean Beaudoin

Black humor combined with pathos is the hallmark of the twelve tales during this grownup debut assortment from a grasp author of comedian and creative YA novels.

a tender guy spends an entire day mendacity bare at the flooring of his house, talking casually together with his roommates, brooding about the previous, contemplating the lives being lived round him. within the unusual and humorous, unhappy but someway hopeful conceit of Sean Beaudoin’s tale “Exposure,” are the entire components that make his debut assortment, Welcome Thieves, a standout. In twelve virtuosic tales, Beaudoin trains his absurdist’s eye at the ridiculous perplexities of grownup existence. From muddling via after the apocalypse (“Base Omega Has Twelve Dictates”) to the understanding smirk of  “You can also Graduate with a level in Contextual Semiotics,” Beaudoin’s tales are edgy and profane, bittersweet and indignant, bemused and sardonic. but they’re consistently tinged with heart.

 Beaudoin’s novels were praised for his or her playfulness and complexity, for the originality and sweetness in their language. those self same traits, and masses extra, are on complete demonstrate in Welcome Thieves, a booklet that are meant to locate religious fanatics in readers who worship on the altar of George Saunders, Kurt Vonnegut, and Sam Lipsyte.

“A deviously spellbinding choice of brief tales during which unusual and gorgeous worlds, creations of Sean Beaudoin’s darkish and infrequently brutal mind's eye, grow to be a part of a tapestry so finely woven that we don’t see the thread. in any case, we will be able to simply stand in awe of Beaudoin’s colossal talent.” —Garth Stein, writer of A unexpected Light

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