OUT WHERE THE RIVER BROKE / THE FIRST FOUR YEARS, $1, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 14 pgs.

This zine is comprised of two stories: one from Jeff Schroeck and one from Razorcake’s own Michael T. Fournier. Schroeck’s tale is about a man who returns to a town in which he’s not welcome, while Fournier’s is an excerpt from his forthcoming book, Inferno Jones. In Fournier’s case, the tale tells of a young woman starting a restaurant and the work she puts into it. I’ve heard it said by small-business experts that many small businesses die in the first five years, so it’s interesting that Fournier explores the success of the woman’s restaurant before hinting at the end of the excerpt that trouble is brewing. Schroeck’s story is sad and he does a splendid job at building sympathy for Ray, the main character. I certainly would like to know more of Ray’s story, both what happened before this short piece begins and what happens to him afterward. These are two strong, short stories that drew me in and made me want to read more. I can’t ask for more than that. And for a buck, I recommend ordering it. –Kurt Morris ([email protected])