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We have an in-depth conversation with author John J. Clayton about his wonderful short story collection, WRESTLING WITH ANGELS: New and Collected Stories and he reads from several of his favorite stories in the book. It deals with universal themes of loss and spiritual redemption, acceptance, fading ideals, as well as with contemporary struggles of Jewish life and family. Clayton has been writing fiction since 1969 and teaches modern literature and fiction writing at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He’s won the O’Henry and Pushcart Prizes for short stories as well as a place in Best American Short Stories anthologies.