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Paul Griner’s stories leave the reader leaning forward in urgent curiosity as he spins between quotidian worlds infused with the foreign, and foreign worlds that feel familiar. A man brings his mother back from the dead, only to find her most irritating quirk magnified; a soldier crosses dangerous terrain to milk a cow in an enemy village; a woman, haunted by her multiple miscarriages, follows a stranger at the urgent care clinic who has just suffered her first. Griner mixes together violent, shocking endings and ones that fade away quietly. The result is a meditation on capturing the intangible, and the human fascination with worlds that are not our own.