This is an extraordinary book that finds its truths and lyricism in lives that seem to offer almost nothing. The stories are peopled by the clinically obese, retards, workers in dead-end jobs, the lonely, the handicapped: the smallest people alive. What’s more, they’re wise and self-aware enough to know who they are and how little they’re owed. What saves them is love, or the possibility of it, of crumbs from love’s table. Most of the stories deal with gay men or boys, but that should exclude no one from their power and, often, humour. I was touched and amused, and deeply impressed, by Banner’s capacity to make the world he describes not only real but of value.
You can read a story from the collection here. And don’t miss the links for other stories at the bottom of the page.