WINNER OF THE 2013 FLANNERY O'CONNOR AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION
GOLD WINNER, FOREWORD REVIEWS' 2014 INDIEFAB BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD IN SHORT STORIES
In Faulty Predictions, young characters try to find their way in the world and older characters confront regrets. In "Editorial Decisions," members of the editorial board of a high school literary magazine are witnesses to an unspeakable act of violence. Two grandmothers, both immigrants from China, argue over the value of their treasures at a filming of Antiques Roadshow in "Prized Possessions." In "A Good Brother," a sister forces her brother to accompany her to the Running of the Brides at Filene's Basement. A city bus driver adopts a pig that has been brought onto the bus by rowdy college students in "Designated Driver."
The stories in Faulty Predictions take place in locales as diverse as small-town Ohio, the mountains of western North Carolina, and the plains of Kansas and provide insight into the human condition over a varied cross section of geography, age, and culture. Although the characters are often faced with obstacles and challenges, the stories also capture moments of optimism and hope.
Praise for Faulty Predictions:
"Karin Lin-Greenberg is a connoisseur of screwy family dynamics and outrageous situations. The ten innovative and diverse stories in this debut collection cover a lot of territory, from a pig on a city bus to the special event 'Things Inside of Other Things' at the Half and Half Multicultural Club of Sun Meadow High School. Here you will meet the man who smashes loaves of grocery store bread for the good of society, and you'll witness the Running of the Brides at Filene's Basement. Lin-Greenberg makes joyful sense of it all. What a pleasure it has been to read these wise and wonderful stories." -Bonnie Jo Campbell, bestselling author of Once Upon a River
"These stories are delightfully contemporary: in their telling, their wit, and their dissections of the way we live. A vivid and refreshing new voice." -Rebecca Makkai, author of The Hundred-Year House
"Faulty Predictions is, as the name suggests, about all of the ways that we expect more or less than we should from other people--parents, friends, lovers--as well as ourselves. The people who inhabit these stories are complicated and struggling and often hilarious. Karin Lin-Greenberg offers everything I come to fiction hoping for--engaging narrators, precise observation, surprise, and finally compassion for the ways in which we are, all of us, flawed. Readers, you are in for a treat." -Lori Ostlund, author of The Bigness of the World
"The stories in Karin Lin-Greenberg's debut collection are gems. Her characters walk the narrow line between comedy and tragedy, a lean territory that Lin-Greenberg navigates with skill and grace. I loved her curmudgeonly grandfathers, her young parents and college students and recovering alcoholics, her feuding septuagenarian housemates and fading talk show hosts. The range in this book is deep and marvelous. What fierce talent Lin-Greenberg has." -Christine Sneed, author of Little Known Facts and Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry