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The pain-eater

The enigmatic life of a loser
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April 2021, no. 430
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Grimmish by Michael Winkler

Westbourne Books, $27.99 pb, 213 pp

The pain-eater

The enigmatic life of a loser
by
April 2021, no. 430

Have you ever noticed how boxing matches invariably deflate into two breathless people hugging each other? In pugilistic parlance, this is called a clinch. It is a defensive tactic, a way for fighters besieged by their opponent’s assault to create a pause and regain their equilibrium. And while it is beyond cliché for books to be hailed as knockouts or haymakers or other emptied expressions of victory, Michael Winkler’s Grimmish is the best literary clinch you’ll ever read. It is the honest account of a writer overmatched by his subject matter and left clinging on for dear life.

Alex Cothren reviews 'Grimmish' by Michael Winkler

Grimmish

by Michael Winkler

Westbourne Books, $27.99 pb, 213 pp

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