Circle is a Balloon & Compass Both

Circle is a Balloon & Compass Both : Stories About Human Love

By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day
When will my order arrive?


A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both is a collection of stories about love, the most elusive and problematic of all phenomena. With a mix of traditional, literary prose and bold-some might even say irresponsible-experimentation, Ben Greenman explores the ins and outs of modern romance. Expect tears, nudity, and recrimination. From the half-hearted summer affair between a part-time bartender and a married doctor in a Miami hotel to the cryptic pseudo-erotic love letters to a friend who is "more than a friend," we experience the love of pop songs, the love of cohabitation in Chicago, and love that is so transporting it takes us to the moon-literally. "Like Green Day did for punk rock, and The Matrix for kung-fu flicks, this new collection from New Yorker editor Greenman could well become an advocate for the short story with those who haven't been interested in the form. Amusing, palatable . . . it's precisely the sort of thing that can gain a new audience for a genre." "Time Out Chicago " "A smart, tightly structured collection . . . playful, wryly comical." " The Brooklyn Rail " "Seriously funny." "San Francisco Chronicle" "Wildly inventive, sometimes surreal, but tenderly told, these stories give a glimpse of what Phillip K. Dick might have written if he'd allowed himself a sincere broken heart." "Paste Magazine"show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 273 pages
  • 120 x 205 x 22mm | 316g
  • M P Publishing Limited
  • Douglas, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1849821852
  • 9781849821858

About Ben Greenman

Ben Greenman is an editor at "The New Yorker." His short fiction has appeared in "The Paris Review," "Zoetrope: All Story," "McSweeney's," "Opium Magazine," the "Mississippi Review," and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, New more

Review quote

Praise for Ben Greenman" Just when you think Greenman has thoroughly excavated all available humor, he surprises with a snipe from an unforeseen direction." - "Time Out New York"" [Greenman] is not afraid to attach authentic sentiment and poke around at the poignant. It works, and it works quite well... . He constantly walks a narrative tightrope." - "Atlanta Journal-Constitution "" It wouldn't do not to mention the genius ' Blurbs, ' which constructs an entire story out of made-up book-critic blurbs, including even one from this publication. Something extraordinary." - "Kirkus "(STARRED review)show more