Third person story of Felix and his new girlfriend, Laura, as they travel to visit his four-year old child, Hank, and one-night stand girlfriend, Bet. Bet is having an engagement party and plans to marry JT who helps his father fun a carpet cleaning business. In a sense JT will be cleaning up Felix's mess. Mostly the story is about Felix who is a stand-up comedian who is rarely funny and has succumbed to a voice over job with which he is not happy nor proud. It's told in present tense which helps give it an immediacy. The story is well written--I enjoyed it--and included in Pierce's collection, Hall of Small Mammals.
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01 April, 2015
|by Scott Musgrove|
The story is told in 3rd person POV, present tense and is about 27 pages long.
"Shirley Temple Three" was first published in the Dec. 24 + 31, 2012 issue of the New Yorker. It's now the first story in Pierce's 2014 publication Hall of Small Mammals.
full text of the story online at The New Yorker
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