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Two’s company, three’s a crowd—and sometimes it’s more than that.
In The Third Person, a series of uncanny and humorous short stories by Emily Anglin, what we do for a living is put under the microscope. Anglin shows us that our defined roles are far from what we’ve been told they are: employees dissolve from their job titles, neighbours overstep comfortable boundaries, employers seek professional deification. Anglin creates micro-worlds whose social mores are interrupted by a startling and disorienting gap between a defining word and its lived reality.
When a third person enters each of the stories, “the triangulation of desire” begins to form. By showing a three-part encounter featuring yearning that’s suppressed or blocked by impediments—professional, social, practical, economic, romantic, and otherwise—Anglin’s off-beat and sometimes surreal stories will drive readers to contemplate the distances between people and the difficulty of really knowing each other.