The well-meaning protagonists of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara are caught—to both disastrous and hilarious effect—in the maelstrom of political and social upheaval surrounding them. Ben Fountain's prize-winning debut speaks to the intimate connection between the foreign, the familiar, and the inescapably human.
Each of these eight stories is as rich as a novel -- high praise when you consider how many of today s novels could be distilled into a short story. Throughout his book, Fountain makes the strange familiar and the familiar strange, showing the human factor that links seemingly diverse nations. Heartbreaking, absurd, deftly drawn, his stories bear out the offhand remark of one of his memorable minor characters, a Burmese golf pro named Tommy. "You know . . . this is what I think. I think most days the truth is just another possibility."