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In this collection of eleven diverse stories from the Sixties, Michael C. Ahn presents vignettes of a period when bow ties gave way to long hair. Some stories are poignant, others haunting or riveting, but all evoke a decade of shifting mood in the country. A handful of these stories have previously appeared in literary reviews.

In this collection: A roommate uses bizarre means to learn about women; a brilliant physics professor is unyielding to a desperate student; a photographer thinks he's found a clever way to seduce a beautiful coed; a sophomore sells paper dresses hoping to buy a car; a student has flashbacks of his lovers, a Vietnamese woman and his former teacher; a returning senior is caught between the hip world and the conventional world while trying to avoid the draft; and a Chinese Texan is invited to join a Jewish fraternity.

Comeuppance is a delight to read, and contains a sometimes disturbing, sometimes beautiful, but always a vivid conglomeration of seemingly real stories from the American 1960s. (5/5 stars) - Portland Book Review
Those who grew up during the 1960s will find much to bring back their own memories of first loves and losses; those after that generation will find common ground both in the stories and in our current state of cultural upheaval. (5/5 stars) - San Francisco Book Review

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