Driving north to a hospital, a father and son stop at a gas station, where the son finds the enigmatic message “Call Roxanne—954-5412” scribbled on the bathroom wall. This triggers thoughts of “what if”: What if he calls Roxanne? What difference would it make?
The thirteen stories in Andrew Pyper’s intense and artful short-story collection, Kiss Me, deal with the issues, sensibilities and intangible estrangements of contemporary youth. But there are no neat and tidy coming-of-age passages here: these are narratives about reaching out—and often failing to touch—one another in a time of both privilege and fracture.
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