by David Gilbert
from the February 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker

David Gilbert is the author of two novels — 2004’s The Normals and 2014’s & Sons — and a collection of short stories. Over the past few years he’s also published a few stories in The New Yorker, which is where I’ve come to know his work, which I admire quite a bit, especially when he went Lynchian in his 2013 story “From a Farther Room.”

It seems that in “Underground” Gilbert is examining ground he’s covered before — that time when we look around and realize we have not become the person we hoped we were becoming — though I don’t consider this bad at all. It’s an important, always fascinating topic that rings true for a variety of people in a variety of situations.

I look forward to your thoughts below!

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