Jennifer Reese
December 06, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Everybody Loves Somebody

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Joanna Scott
publisher
Back Bay
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Reading the vivid, elliptical Joanna Scott’s superb new stories in Everybody Loves Somebody is like observing humanity through a sensitive surveillance camera. In ”The Lucite Cane,” Scott takes snapshots of drivers at a traffic light, then moves to a park, then a seedy grocery, then a bar, picking up narrative snippets tangentially related to an old man with a cane. The title story follows a businessman as he drives through the dark, making a series of loopy mental calculations. In Scott’s off-kilter tales, life is governed by chance, we are less logical than we think, and the world is full of mystery.

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