A reprint of The Temporary Life is available from The University of Akron Press with a new forward by the author and a reading group guide.
Praise for Eric Wasserman's The Temporary Life: Stories
In this stunning debut collection, Eric Wasserman's beautifully
crafted stories chart the experiences of characters who, in various
ways, must come to terms with the less-than-perfect realities of
their lives. He writes with a rare mix of ironic wit and compassionate
perception, and the result is both captivating and luminous. Whether
he's depicting the hollow bar mitzvah of a middle-aged man's spoiled
nephew or an estranged couple's unlikely attempt to save their
dying son, his keen eye renders his characters extraordinary in
their contradictions, compromises, and subtle moments of redemption.
~Frederick Reiken, author of The Lost Legends of New Jersey, The Odd Sea, and Day for Night.
Eric Wasserman probes the
nether regions of the human spirit with a wisdom that belies
his years. Restless, unflinching, tender, the voices in these
rich and layered stories carry across a multitude of landscapes—family,
politics, religion. Haunted by the echoes, you'll want to read
them more than once.
~Anne Whitney Pierce, author of Rain Line and Galaxy Girls: Wonder Women : Stories
While it’s the “dubious attachment to ethnicity”
in these stories that gives the collection the ballast to carry
it to its target audience, for me, what floats the book is Wasserman’s
way of layering humor—gentle, sly, and rabid—into
many of these serious stories. A fine first book by a talented
~Rick Hillis, author of Limbo River and Drue Heinz Literature Prize winner.