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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (7 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862077401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862077409
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 18.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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'Lennon’s writing stands out because he has an ability to take everyday situations and turn them into comedy.’ -- Big Issue in the North

'an ingenious and thoroughly satisfying collection' -- Literary Review

Funny, disturbing, sad, weird- you end up realising that, looked at the same way, this is your world. A thinker -- City Life Magazine

I love everything about J.Robert Lennon’s latest book- from the paperback’s chunky format to...the humourous, macabre and poignant...stories -- Report (Algarve)

These crumbs from a writer’s table provide a surprisingly nourishing meal -- The Leeds Guide

‘Perfectly formed pieces with the power to disturb and amaze... A well- written and thought- provoking book.’ -- Nottingham Evening Post

About the Author

J. Robert Lennon was born in 1970 and lives in New York State. He is the author of Mailman, The Light of Falling Stars, The Funnies and On the Night Plain, all available from Granta Books.

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By Lost John TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
I have just re-read this by way of preparing myself for J Robert Lennon's 2012 novel, Familiar, which is newly published in the UK. I found that, after six years, I remembered some, but by no means all, of the 100 'anecdotes' and certainly feel the second reading was worthwhile.

One story that I remembered was the very last, in which a novelist is asked by a prospective publisher to cut almost half the number of pages in her new novel. She obliges, but doesn't stop there and cuts more and more until, following rejection even by magazines publishing short stories, she ends up with a seventeen syllable haiku, which for want of a market she hands out free to passers-by in a public park.

Perhaps she should have done as Lennon did with this volume and tried the 'flash fiction' length of 250 to 650 words. Each little story - 'anecdote' describes most of them well - is complete in itself; the scene is set, one or more characters introduced, and the situation in which they operate is described. If a problem to themselves or others, the situation may or may not be resolved and, like many of the best short stories, there is often a surprise in the ending, a twist in the tail. Many of the stories are written in the first person, about situations in which Lennon has himself been involved, and those of us who have been there readily recognise the un-named upstate New York town and university as Ithaca and Cornell, also nearby Lake Cayuga and other features of the locality. Or we think we do - this is after all fiction; Lennon can misrepresent his town, university and his own past deeds and experiences as he likes.
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Lennon follows up his excellent 'Mailman' with this oddity, a collection of 100 'anecdotes' apparently jotted down in passing by a nameless resident of some middle american backwater.

Wgat might, in less capable hands, have been a pointlessly pretentious exercise, emetges, thanks to Lennon's skill and wit, as arguably the finest book of the calendar year (2005). Richer inn scope and characterization than most novels, even though the lonegst 'piece' runs for barely three pages, full of gallows humour and eerie coincidences, this confirms Lennon's reputation as one of the most daring - and entertaining - writers around
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Astonishing weirdness and beauty from the gloriously macabre Lennon. These short observational snapshots run the gamut from the warmly mundane to the head-scratchingly oblique, and along the way the wonderful strangeness of modern life is unwrapped piece by piece.

I cannot recommend this author enough, speaking as a devotee of Sartre, Rushdie and Anthony Powell.
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The blurb on the back cover...(dazzling stylist - gifted with a manic turn-of-phrase and a splendidly aberrant sense of humour) - Huh??? - boring, pedantic, old-fashioned are the words I jotted down as I was reading about a third way into it. Later, I tried to imagine the sort of person who would write this: possibly a 70-year old man in a waistcoat with a very sober lifestyle and a short back and sides haircut...trying to never forget all the boring trivia of his very boring life!
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisty super-short short stories that you will remember long after the book is done 11 Aug. 2007
By Mary Ann - Published on Amazon.com
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I first read a few of these super-short shorts when it was excerpted in one of the Best American Short Stories anthologies. I was crushed when I found out that it was of print, but was very happy to find it through Amazon. For anybody that likes odd, deja vu-ish stories, this is a winner. Most of the stories are fun to reflect on, and leave an fun twisty feeling in both your head and your stomach with their bizarre coincidences and strange happenings. This strange little book has moved onto the list of my top 10 favorite books of all time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading twice 2 Oct. 2013
By Lost John - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have just re-read this by way of preparing myself for J Robert Lennon's 2012 novel, Familiar, which is newly published in the UK. I found that, after six years, I remembered some, but by no means all, of the 100 'anecdotes' and certainly feel the whole book was worth the second reading.

One story that I remembered was the very last, in which a novelist is asked by a prospective publisher to cut almost half the number of pages in her new novel. She obliges, but doesn't stop there and cuts more and more until, following rejection even by magazines publishing short stories, she ends up with a seventeen syllable haiku, which for want of a market she hands out to passers-by in a public park.

Perhaps she should have done as Lennon did with this volume and tried the 'flash fiction' length of 250 to 650 words. Each little story - 'anecdote' describes most of them well - is complete in itself; the scene is set, one or more characters introduced, and the situation in which they operate is described. If a problem to themselves or others, the situation may or may not be resolved and, like many of the best short stories, there is often a surprise in the ending, a twist in the tail. Many of the stories are written in the first person, about situations in which Lennon has himself been involved, and those of us who have been there readily recognize the un-named upstate New York town and university as Ithaca and Cornell, also nearby Lake Cayuga and other features of the locality. Or we think we do - this is after all fiction; Lennon can misrepresent his town, university and his own past deeds and experiences as he likes.

Interestingly, whilst Lennon doesn't hesitate to tell us some (supposedly true) negative things about himself, the first person gives way to second or third when the story has something negative to say about someone identifiably close to the protagonist. Thus, nothing bad is said about Lennon's wife, which is rather sweet really.

It seems unlikely that many readers will take the stories just one at a time - as we might with short stories of the more usual length. So the pieces demand our sustained attention. From the first paragraph of each new story we have to absorb the details of a completely new scenario; there can be none of the lazy coasting along with the same characters and scenery that we might indulge in when turning the page for a new chapter of a longer story.

Despite having now read all the stories twice, I remain uncertain why the book is titled Pieces for the Left Hand. The story entitled Lefties may or may not offer some clue. It's about a professor who was not left-handed, but became so after losing his right arm in an accident. So far as I have been able to ascertain, J Robert Lennon still has the use of both hands.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and engrossing 17 Feb. 2007
By J. Bosiljevac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of 100 well-written, super-short (2-3 pages) stories told from the point of view of a single narrator. Although the narrator himself is only a character in some of the stories, we get a good feel for his quirky observations about the world around him. Many of the stories are hearsay, starting off "A friend of ours knows someone..." or "There is a man who lives in town who..." They're the sort of weird human interest stories you might find in the back of a small town newspaper, though much more engaging and insightful. Each has a moral, or ironic twist, or mystery--something that's thought-provoking and makes you want to pass on, as if it's a true story you heard. And the whole collection holds together very well, creating a sort of rhythm that carries you through and leaves you wishing there were 100 more.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired! 20 May 2006
By Lou Beach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having read all of Lennon's novels I knew I would enjoy this collection. However, I wasn't prepared for the uniqueness of the ride....small tales of big issues, small issues, no issues at all but there is something about them that rings true. A great book to read aloud in bed with your favorite human.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eight Pieces for the Left Hand 1 Nov. 2006
By Jim Ringley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read eight of these gems in The Best American Short Stories of 2005. They are brilliant and at times hilarious vignettes, incisive snapshots of human nature. I can't wait to read the remaining 92!
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