I really love emails like this. To be honest, this is the kind of email that I dream about as an emerging fiction writer. For a split second, I get to remember how good it feels to publish something + have people read my fiction. Even if it's just a short story in a literary journal. Here we go:
Our library hosts a short story discussion group. At our meeting this morning, we discussed “The Blue Men Inside My Head” (as well as Nabokov’s “Symbols & Signs” so you were in very fine company!) Anyway, had a very lively conversation about your work, especially the ending. Opinion was divided equally about whether Xavier actually got back at the muggers or if that was just inside his head (to go back to the title.) We were wondering if you had any thoughts about it that you might share.
By the way, our group read T.C. Boyle’s “Tooth and Claw” last year and really enjoyed it as well. I’ve recommended Drop City and Tortilla Curtain to quite a few people over the years. It is easy to see, from your writing style and subject matter (and humor!) why he must be such a great mentor for you.
Best wishes for all your writing projects!
Adult Services Librarian
West Wyandotte Library
1737 N. 82nd St.
Kansas City, KS 66112