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The stories in The Apple's Bruise take a smart and unflinching look at love, frailty, and happiness and prove beyond doubt that Glatt is a modern master at blending heartbreak and hilarity. In “Dirty Hannah Gets Hit by a Car,” a seven-year-old girl bullied by a neighbor across the street gains strength after a serious accident; in "Animals," a zoo veterinarian from a family of butchers tries at once to deal with his marital problems and the high rate at which his animals are dying; and in “Soup,” a young widow tries to reconcile her feelings for her teenage son's friend, the town delinquent.

With tenderness, insight, and humor, Glatt casts her gaze simultaneously on the beauty and the absurdity of our humanity, creating unforgettable portrayals of unusual characters and the complexities of desire and fidelity that compel them.

Praise for The Apple's Bruise

“There's a quality to the best literary fiction that I've come to call 'ominosity.' It's not a writers' workshop thing, like tension or conflict, nor what you feel reading a thriller or a detective story. It's not a mere mood, like noir. It's bigger, deeper, like an earthquake. Ominosity is a cultural tremor; it's in the pores of fiction, a kind of warning. Lisa Glatt . . . has got ominoisty.”

“Glatt has a sharp eye for catching the incongruous detail that nicely derails her characters' tidy sense of themselves . . . . Polished, taut writing we want more of.”

“[T]he language is so compelling and real . . . the stories deserve to be devoured. It's a testament to Glatt's talent as a writer and storyteller that even with material this dark you want to keep reading.”

“Glatt knows that life is strange enough as it is, and she prefers to mesmerize simply by paying almost prayerful attention to the danger and sorrow that seep through the cracks made by loss and betrayal; she can make even the most wordless, seemingly throwaway moments thrilling.”