Pages from the Pizza Crows by Evan B. Witmer

Pages from the Pizza Crows is a collection with a framing device so good and weird that I'd be hard pressed to say whether the frame or the stories inside were my favorite. There are several that I’ll be thinking about for a long time.

I want more stories like this, ones which are unafraid to have endings that aren’t always great for the protagonists but also aren’t trying to be cruel. Not to say that they never turn out well, but they don’t turn out in a way anyone would ask for beforehand. They don’t rely on twists, precisely, but most of them have a line or two in the last page which reframes or expands the narrative without taking away anything from the story. An excellent read, one that I think will stay with me.

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