Mordant. In each of the baker’s dozen of stories in a collection by Ben Marcus titled, Notes from the Fog, readers are likely to wince or laugh and experience a focused barb at contemporary life. Few readers will finish these stories feeling that they’ve read it all before. Marcus’ originality comes across as fresh and alert to the consequences of trends in modern life. Fans of literary fiction who appreciate fine writing are those readers most likely to appreciate these short stories.
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