Stay Up With Me

I can’t remember the last time a book held my nose to its pages as intently as “Stay Up With Me.” Tom Barbash’s intriguing characters range from obsessive tennis instructors and traumatized children to sleepy, sultry twenty-something-year-old writers and helicopter moms.

Each story comes from the depths of an odd imagination, but are impossibly appealing. What makes this collection unique is the character development – each one has something they’re trying to get past, whether it be the death of a family member or stranger that haunts them, a past lover or an obsession with someone.

The figures’ looming past and ending that lack resolution kept me flipping the pages from story to story. Barbash explores the full advantages of short stories, which can be unrelated, unresolved, and of an uncensored imagination. Even if you’re not much of a reader, you can read just one short story, although you won’t want to stop there.