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TEARAWAYS by Robin Klein


Stories to Make You Think Twice

by Robin Klein

Pub Date: May 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-670-83212-X
Publisher: Viking

A talented novelist (Hating Alison Ashley, 1985) turns in ten compact, briskly varied short tales. The selections include the gleeful ``Little Beast,'' in which the besieged outcast at a boarding school wreaks heady revenge on her tormentors; and the guilt-laden ``Octopi,'' about a young girl who uses pathos to insinuate herself into the life of a new school secretary. In ``The Key,'' gang-initiate Kevin has a change of heart and short- circuits a burglary, while ``We'll Look After You'' artfully twists Good Samaritanship into a nightmare Ö la Stephen King's Misery. Pithy, provocative, and plenty of fun. (Fiction. 10-14)