Paperback | 9780268006471 | February 1996
In this award-winning collection of short stories Edward Falco narrates the lives and times of our contemporaries, characters off the dizzying streets of end of the century America. Within these pages we meet such characters as Matt, the Midwestern boy who turns his back on an apple-pie lifestyle for the dubious pleasures of life as a drug-smuggler and guitarist for the Flesh Puppets; and Jim Renkowski, drug dealer turned family man whose run-in with the past is only as bad as his worst nightmare. Through characters like these, Falco unmasks the difficult truths that engage us at the deepest levels of our being. The stories in Acid entertain and engage us and, in the end, make new again some of the oldest and most intractable human struggles.
Edward Falco is an American author. His stories have been published widely in journals, including The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, and TriQuarterly, and collected in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, and several anthologies, including, Blue Cathedral: Short Fiction for the New Millennium. An early innovator in the field of digital writing, Falco's literary and experimental hypertexts are taught in universities internationally. His online work includes Self-Portrait as Child w/Father (Iowa Review Web), Circa 1967–1968 (Eastgate Reading Room), and "Charmin' Cleary" (Eastgate Reading Room). Falco's work also appears in the online journal Blackbird.
“Falco writes tense, gritty fiction that portrays ordinary people caught between the claims o ‘normal’ life and the lure of the forbidden and untasted. Battling or grieving families, unstable and endangered relationship, assume haunting accusatory shape in 13 pellucid stores that are stylistically akin to the plays of David Mamet or Sam Shepard. Falco’s voice, though, is his own, and his work keeps getting better and better.” ~Kirkus Reviews