Haslett, Adam. You are not a stranger here, stories.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

Random House, Anchor. 240p. c2002. 0-385-72072-6. $13.00. SA

In almost every one of these stories, the main character is suffering from some serious problem. Some of these problems are mental conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or suicidal thoughts. Other characters suffer from the crush of life's pressures: being a lovesick teenager, having AIDS, or taking care of a terminally ill child. Haslett writes of these characters with great compassion and empathy and seems to understand them from the inside out without ever being maudlin. Their difficulties with dealing with the world, given their situations, are the core of the stories. Some of the characters succeed and others don't, but they all...

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