Wild, funny, touching, and full of crackling dialogue, Robert Garner McBrearty’s stories turn the intensity of life up a notch, creating a heightened reality that is both hilarious and heartbreakingly real. His characters struggle to hold onto work, love, and sanity, and wrestle with the choice of whether to be responsible citizens and family men or heroic hellraisers who run with the bulls.
Praise for A Night at the Y:
“I have always been a fan of Robert McBrearty’s stories, ever since we published “The Dishwasher” in the Pushcart Prize series. Here are more stories sure to increase his fan club.” —Bill Henderson, publisher, Pushcart Press
“[McBrearty] is as adept at moving the reader with an understanding of life’s more poignant moments as he is at making one laugh.” —Robin Hemley, Chicago Tribune
“Robert McBrearty’s characters are in trouble, off on crazy schemes, headed nowhere fast, but always they’re somewhere on the path of trying to make a change for the better. These are plain-speaking, entertaining stories about driving in the lost lane, looking for exits.” —Speer Morgan, editor, The Missouri Review
“Robert McBrearty writes with Chekhovian grace, a great tenderness toward every character, and a deep understanding of the poignant comedy of ordinary life. All the stories in A Night at the Y stand quietly outside convention, on their own original ground.” —Heidi Jon Schmidt, author of The Rose Thievesalamo, bull running, pushcart prize, short stories, ymca