You may not have heard of David Barringer, but he’s the hottest, hardest working writer on the literary e-zine scene today. Featured in heavy hitters like Nerve and 3am Magazine, Barringer’s fiction finds universal appeal in its insightful presentation of the frustrations and challenges of modern American life. His first book The Leap and Other Mistakes is a collection of short stories and novellas sharing in this theme.
One of the first things you notice in David Barringer’s stories is the variation and texture of his narration style. “Signs of Early Promise,” for example, employs descriptive passages and letters to portray a ‘problem child.’ In his second story “Personal Statement,” a college essay format is a vehicle for a sardonic ribbing of upper-middle class American teens. The first half of Leap is characterized by these experimental pieces that though unconventional, form a rather seamless whole of Americana.
Barringer is the archetype of the modern writer: experimenting with form and structure in an effort to expand the current understanding of the short story. Other times, he employs classic modes such as the allegorical pieces in “Bird Brained,” which is the basis of the author’s forthcoming novel, Johnny Red. Using forms like allegory and throwing in his own quirky, intuitive humor, Barringer reveals the complication and beauty in our daily lives.
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