Falling in love is insanity, playing by rules is absurdity, and breaking up is oh so hard to do.
Though literature is usually the most conservative of art forms, a book sometimes appears that offers exciting, new possibilities. Trevor Dodge’s The Laws of Average is one of them: with the smooth surfaces found in new-painting, with the understated riffs of new-music, the stories collected here are as lean as they are savvy, as savvy as they are funny, as funny as they are connected to the thought, life and paths of our present moment. + STEVE TOMASULA+
With these stories, Dodge has managed to pull realistic fiction back from the brink of destruction. The Laws of Average is essential reading for anyone who wonders what happens next in the story of American Fiction after Lydia Davis, Ben Marcus, and George Saunders. + MATT BRIGGS +
Trevor Dodge’s The Laws of Average is a puzzle, mathematical. I’ve detailed nothing yet about the stories themselves, those hanging from the frame. They are in a word: competent, skillful, and interesting. That’s three.+ ELIZABETH J. COLEN, REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY FICTION +