This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You by Jon McGregor

If there’s one thing one can say about Jon McGregor and his writing, it would be that he sure comes up with some excellent titles.

This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You is a compilation of short stories, each one a fine example of McGregor’s ability to craft unique stories that are also so everyday. It’s as if he finds the unusual in the mundane, or makes what is typically unusual seem mundane. Like fighter jets dropping test bombs in a field while a wedding takes place nearby. Or accidentally killing a man, burying him and then living with the secret for decades. Or people being made refugees by the militia in England. Things that don’t seem like it would ever happen, yet is written in a way to make it seem perfectly ordinary when it does, even if only fictionally.

But there are no conclusions in This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You. And some of the stories don’t even really have starts, or endings, or reasons, either. If you’re willing to take these stories as they are, and leave them as they are, then I definitely recommend reading it. Otherwise, you’re better off reading some other full-length novel instead.

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