Sins of Omission
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Published in: March-April 2023 issue.


by Michael Alenyikov
Spectrum Books. 252 pages, $13.99


Sorrow’s Drive consists of four novella-length stories about, yes, sorrow. Michael Alenyikov’s soft, deft hand wields an ethos as harsh as Greek tragedy. His humor attains surpassing cruelty. He knows how real sin is. Sins of omission concern him. Two of the stories address “ghosting,” that bloodless, cowardly cruelty that keeps its victim wondering and never grants the relationship a clean death.

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Laura Argiri is the author of Guilty Parties: Tales of Infatuation and Menace (2020).

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