Disfigured inside and out, the characters in Punishing Ugly Children are ill-made for anything but the crooked paths they follow. By turns bleak and amusing, these twenty stories are darkly seductive and compelling. A broken skull reshapes a man's entire consciousness. The daughter of a boxer cheers the final rounds at the end of the world. A high school student uses arson to level the skewed results of a physics exam. Even the fleeting grace of one last win eludes a degenerate gambler. Punishing Ugly Children is a powerful debut collection of unforgettable short stories.
Punishing Ugly Children
Darryl Joel Berger
Darryl Joel Berger's fiction has been published in over twenty literary magazines across Canada and the United States. He is a winner of the David Adams Richards Prize and has been a finalist in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition. He lives with his wife and daughter in Kingston, Ontario. You can follow his work at www.red-handed.blogspot.com.