Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House
Fantastic Women comprises eighteen stories by some of the most exciting contemporary women writers in the United States. The daughters of Franz Kafka and Mary Shelley, the Brothers Grimm, and Angela Carter, these inventive, insightful authors steep their narratives in a heady potion of surrealism and macabre black comedy. The result is wildly creative work that captures th...more
Aimee Bender, “Americca”
Kate Bernheimer, “Whitework”
Judy Budnitz, “Abroad”
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, ...more
some of my favorite quotes from the stories:
"ABROAD," BY JUDY BUDNITZ
"There was a long slice of window that ran from floor to ceiling and showed us the spires and towers and crested weather vanes of a city we had never seen before.
It's just a travel poster, he said and tried t ...more
A collection of stories is like a music album. You aren't going to like each selection equally. If there are two or three you really like, a couple of ones you don't care for and the rest are good or OK, the collection is worthwhile. Of the 18 stories, I really lik ...more
"His eyes said he understood all the sadness in the world, and his worn face said he would do everything in his power to defeat it." The Young Wife's Tale by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum.
Other favorites include "Beast" by Samantha Hunt and "Big People" by Gina Zucker. Karen Russell's "The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach" was a lot of fun to read, though I couldn't understand the meaning of the ending. Likely my own shortcoming.
I'm not a short story person, but this collection kept me entertained during snatches of down-time at work.
I especially loved "The Wilds" by Julia Elliot, "Light" by Kelly Link, "The Doll Awakens" by Stacey Richter, "The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach" by Karen Russell, and "Big People" by Gina Zucker.
The Doll Awakens by Stacey Richter was one. The other, Snow White, Rose Red by Lydia Millet.
I found reading the rest to be sheer torture.