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Wisconsin Book Watch Review: The Geiger Counter

Wisconsin Bookwatch: March 2017
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575
 The Fiction Shelf

His little sister joins the circus. His parents buy a nerdy horse. He’s surrounded by hundreds of men dressed up as Ernest Hemingway. He tries to order a monkey through the mail. And now his baby is eating dog food. “The Geiger Counter: Raised by Wolves and Other Stories” is an anthology of short stories showcasing an author with an impressive flair for originality and deftly crafted storytelling. Matt Geiger reveal the sublime in the mundane and the comical in the banal. There is existential dread. There is festivity amid detritus. There are moments of genuine introspection on what it means to be human. And it’s all laugh-out-loud funny when told by a humorist who is determined to live an examined life, even if he’s not always entirely sure what he’s looking at. While very highly recommended, especially for community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “The Geiger Counter: Raised by Wolves and Other Stories” is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).