The Dunning Man by Kevin Fortuna
Paperback: 140 pages
Publisher: Lavender Ink (October 19, 2014)
The six stories in The Dunning Man feature anti-heroes who reject society’s rules. Characters from all walks of life—a rogue hip-hop star, a blackjack dealing mom, a middle-aged drunk plowing through his inheritance, and an empty-nester housewife trying to make peace with the past. They each exist in the here and now, living for what’s possible and what’s left—not what they’ve left behind. Redemption awaits all, but only along the rutted, gut-churning path of honest self-examination. Age quod agis.
Set in Atlantic City, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., the Hudson Valley and Manhattan, Fortuna’s stories depict the violent clash between society’s expectations and the chaotic arc of individual destiny. These are powerful tales of truth seekers imbued with larger-than-life personalities and the all-consuming need to find something worth seeking.
I love short stories, and this book did not disappoint me. All the stories were unique and the characters were interesting and quirky. The stories are short, the whole book is only 140 pages, and can be read in a short time. If you’re like me, you won’t want to put it down until the last word.
This is the debut book for the author, but you’d never know that by reading it. It reads like a book from a well seasoned author.
The stories take place in a mix of places, with a diverse group of people, and each story is unique.
If you like short stories with a bit of darkness, and with a laugh thrown in here and there, get a copy of this book.
I plan to keep it and read from it from time to time. I can’t wait for Fortuna’s next book!
About the author
Kevin Fortuna lives in Cold Spring, New York. He obtained a Bachelors degree in English Literature from Georgetown University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the Quicksall Medal for Writing, a Fellowship in Fiction at the Prague Summer Writers Workshop and a Full Fellowship in Fiction at the University of New Orleans, where he received his MFA.