Time travel and migrating objects
ByGLENN C. ALTSCHULER
July 24, 2014 16:24
Several chapters in Rivka Galchen’s shortstory collection aren’t easy to get into, but all of them exhibit her distinctive and artful prose – and are seriously funny.
(photo credit:SANDY TAIT)
The narrator of “Wild Berry Blue” – one of 10 stories in Rivka Galchen’s quirky and disquieting new book, American Innovations – remembers the crush she had when she was nine years old on Roy, a cashier at McDonald’s.Her father, a secular Jew who says things adults don’t usually say to kids – about the Oedipus complex, General Rommel, and the straits of Bosporus – tells her Roy is a recovering alcoholic.