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What Maisie Knew: A Novella

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Previously published as part of The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology.

Praise for WHAT MAISIE KNEW and the THE NEW DEAD:
"Provocative, haunting, and genuinely unsettling… David Liss's novelette What Maisie Knew is a stunning and gruesome meditation on the banality of capitalism and evil… This powerful anthology [THE NEW DEAD] shines a bright and unflinching light on the fears o
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ebook, 32 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Althea Ann
Sep 23, 2014 Althea Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disturbing, unpleasant, and very well done. The narrator here assures us, repeatedly, that he's really quite a nice guy. His actions, as described by himself, tell a different story. Why, after all, does he have a secret apartment with a black-market reanimate (zombie) in it?

Excellent writing, with gradual reveals leading up to a sickening climax.

I'm not sure if this story has any thematic connection to the Henry James classic of the same title - I haven't read it.
Richelle
Jun 14, 2016 Richelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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why is it always the novellas that should be books and sometimes books that should have only been novellas.. this novella is a world that I would have read throughout a trilogy! OMG so good! one of the best works I have ever read! I will definitely be checking out David Liss' other works! I can not even wrap my head around how that just ended! wow! While reading this novella I was completely unaware to my surroundings..I was completely enthralled in this book! amazing amazing amazing story! suck ...more
Kinsey_m
This novella should have been a solid four stars, but I found the ending a little to convenient and too spelled out for my taste , which would leave it at 3.5.
As others have mentioned, it's a very disturbing story and I would like to specify that it is so disturbing because of how real it feels. To me, Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link is the most realistic werewolf story I've ever read, the only one that really made me feel like werewolves were a real thing. Although I've only seen the movie, I thi
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Carla
Jul 07, 2013 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What a strange, disturbing little story. Definitely a twist on the typical zombie tale, and quite a departure for Liss, a literary fiction author.
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Not just another zombie story :)
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