By Margot Mifflin
Updated May 11, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Honeymoon

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Don’t be put off by the forbiddingly abstract opening story in this otherwise emotionally charged collection. With his return to short fiction, Canty (A Stranger in This World) tackles doomed and amputated romances in language stripped down to a kind of noir poetry. In ”Flipper,” a boy sent off to fat camp falls in love with a pregnant, chocolate-loving 13-year-old; ”Scarecrow” dramatizes a hoax perpetrated on two newlyweds that bodes ill for their marriage; and in three of these tales, people standing in the wreckage of heartbreak or tragedy take refuge in each other’s arms — and beds. Using crisp dialogue and mordant snippets of internal monologue, Canty brings his characters to life with revelatory magic. A

Honeymoon

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