So appreciated. Truly. Excerpt? Word.
"The New York Stories is a combination of three
previous volumes by Tanzer: Repetition
Patterns (2008), So Different Now
(2011), and After the Flood (2014).
While each catalogs life in Two Rivers—a stand-in of sorts for Tanzer’s
hometown of Binghamton, NY—they do so much more than that. Throughout, Tanzer
has his characters battle with the mundane as well as the life-changing in
small town America. In “The Babysitter,” for example, the narrator wrestles
with memories he has of his babysitter, Tracey, and her friends. While
everything—from sleeping around to having babies out of wedlock with
teenagers—seems to be going on around him, the narrator sits and observes,
steady as a rock. Towards the end, he says, “And me, I never leave the
neighborhood. I don’t see any reason to. It’s quiet and I like it that way. I
stay long enough, in fact, to watch everyone eventually move back.” It’s this point of view—that of the diligent
observer—that makes Tanzer’s stories so rich and so engaging. His eye for
detail is the eye that his characters use to get through life."