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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 short stories by Emily Anglin, professional roles and relationships are put under the microscope, becoming analogies for how we know and are known by others. Anglin creates micro-worlds whose social mores are interrupted by a startling and disorienting gap between a defining word and its lived reality: employees dissolve from their job titles, neighbours overstep comfortable boundaries, voices distanced by space or time make their presence felt.
When a third person enters each of the stories, understanding between two people is interrupted and desire is triangulated. By showing a series of three-part encounters featuring yearning that’s suppressed or blocked by impediments—professional, social, practical, emotional, romantic, cosmic, or otherwise—Anglin’s darkly humorous and sometimes surreal stories will drive readers to contemplate the distances between people and the difficulty of really knowing each other.