In the Mouth: Stories and Novellas
Taking on the hidden surfaces and interior worlds beneath any family unit, In the Mouth, is witty, affecting, and irresistible. Pollack shows us how secrets that might sunder a family often become its strongest connection. Whether in the form of an unopened safe a family is selling in a yard sale, or a son realizing his father is guilty of murder, these stories investigate the nerve endings of human relationships.
Pollack writes about times of tragedy and transition insightfully, aware of their everyday quality and of their gravity. In the Mouth is a window onto the amazing tenderness and irrationality of human life.
One story, “The Bris,” has been selected for The Best American Short-Stories 2008 (Ed. Stephen King and Heidi Pitlor).