Tight Like That
StoriesBook - 2003
When jazz musicians of the '30s and '40s were gettin' down, when things were really cookin' they'd say, Yeah, make it tight like that. It meant things were good, as good as they could get. It's a good thing in fiction, too. The stories in Jim Christy's latest collection span time and space, taking us from the depression-era Deep South to the modern-day Vancouver commute. Private eyes. Old drunks. Yuppies, hippies, and everyone in between gets the trademark Christy work-over. He roughs 'em up until they show their mettle. His characters inhabit a world where one wrong move, no matter how small, can set in motion the direst of consequences. Luckily, they don't let it get in the way of having a fine old time. Compelling, transforming, this collection makes you long for the days when a cup of coffee cost a dime, and dignity wasn't for sale."Right from the start of this new collection, Jim Christy makes clear his mastery of the anecdotal punchline story. He writes like he boxer he might have been: a couple of quick, hard jabs to knock down yoru guard, followed by a one-two combination that leaves you staring at the lights for the full 10-count. ...You gotta like it when it's tight like that." - Vancouver Review
Publisher: Vancouver, B.C. : Anvil Press, 2003.
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