After several friends recommended Ben Tanzer’s work, I read You Can Make Him Like You. I enjoyed it so much, I wrote a review for HTMLGiant, which will be coming out in a few weeks. Since then, I’ve come to know Ben and he was generous enough to write this fantastic review of Watering Heaven. Thanks Ben! I also recommend checking out his blog, whose name I love: This Blog Will Change Your Life. And as a small preview of his review of Watering Heaven:
…there are also his words, arrayed across the twenty stories in Watering Heaven, and it is these stories where our projections run into a sort of dissonance. The characters in these stories are us, filled with a longing for places and women they cannot make whole, if they can find them at all. Further they are in conflict with their appearance and culture; and they uniformly seem worn down by work, if not life itself. Drinking excessively, sleepless and chasing demons. What to make of all this then, and what to make of the fable-like quality of these stories?