Readers familiar with David Means' electrifying work in the Los Angeles Times Book Prize winning Assorted Fire Events will recognize his extraordinary vision in The Secret Goldfish. A trio of erotically charged kids goes on a crime spree in Michigan; a goldfish bears witness to the demise of a Connecticut marriage; and an extremely unlucky man is stalked by lightning. This dazzling new collection reveals Means' rare talent for the short story and establishes his place among the American masters.
… achingly intelligent … The settings in The Secret Goldfish, mostly the Great Lakes shores of northern Michigan, have more substance than the characters do. The high winter sky arcing Arctic-wards toward Canada, the steely lake waters, the black silhouettes of ore boats gliding distantly by, the immense span of the Mackinac Bridge (one young woman plunges her car off it in a snowstorm): these seem to offer and at the same time withhold the reality that eludes them.