A Bildungsroman for Our Times

Steve Colori, a long-time participant in my writing workshop, has published a new book. Colori’s novella, Stek’s Deliberations, takes place in a fraternity at a big state university. It’s a setting we’re familiar with from comedies like Animal House and its imitators, but it’s not all laughs this time. Colori keeps his protagonist Rob Stekowitz in the dark about things that are in plain view for the reader. To witness Stek’s passage through this stage of his young life is like watching a drunken man stagger across a four-lane highway. It’s no use yelling at him to turn back, reader, but you won’t be able to look away till he gets to the other side.

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