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Bad Things Happen

This collection of short stories by Kris Bertin introduces us to people at the tenuous moment before everything changes, for better or worse.

Kris Bertin

The characters in Bad Things Happen — professors, janitors, webcam models, small-time criminals — are between things. Between jobs and marriages, states of sobriety, joy and anguish; between who they are and who they want to be. Kris Bertin's unforgettable debut introduces us to people at the tenuous moment before everything in their lives change, for better or worse. (From Biblioasis)

From the book

When we broke into the house, it was the middle of the afternoon, so it felt like we weren't doing anything illegal. He had a stepladder leaned up against the side of his place, so it took nothing to get onto his little wooden balcony and through the sliding door.

All at once we'd done it. We were in hunky Jason Parvi's house. My heart was racing but we made an agreement beforehand that we would say nothing once we got in there, so I stayed quiet. The smell that hit us was overpowering. Like old gym socks and rotting milk. Garbage. Now that we were inside, we felt sick.


From Bad Things Happen by Kris Bertin ©2016. Published by Biblioasis.