Chabon’s second story collection, about couples and families suffused with yearning but crippled by broken love
Paralysis in the face of insight afflicts many characters in this stunning volume. In the title story, a boy named Paul does nothing to protect his feral friend Timothy from the scorn of teachers and classmates alike, even though he knows the reasons for Timothy’s irritating games. In other stories, a young alpha couple sees a future together in the defects of a house up for sale, a heartbroken thief finds his ex-girlfriend’s grandma to be an easy mark, and a man drifts away from a wife who has experienced a terrible misfortune.
At times darkly funny, and others achingly beautiful, Werewolves in Their Youth renders the sad compromises of adulthood and the vivid fantasies of childhood with clarity and warmth.
This ebook features a biography of the author.