Picks and Pans Review: Where the Money Went

updated 07/27/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/27/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Kevin Canty |

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REVIEWED BY RICHARD EISENBERG

STORIES
Don't be fooled by the title. It's the diminishing sands of relationships Canty traces, in tales as spare as Raymond Carver's and as frank as a Larry David rant. "Anger," declares a real estate agent who can't find a home to please his wife, "is the engine of marriage." In Canty's world people lose control. "Things are running away from me," says a lonely woman. These stories linger.

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