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"A Window or a Small Box," by Jedediah Berry, is a charming and weird contemporary novelette of magic realism about a couple about to get married who find themselves on the run from "goons" in an alternative United States.
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ebook, 32 pages
Published June 5th 2013 by Tor Books
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Althea Ann
An engaged couple find themselves in a strange and alien world, where nothing is quite as expected. They just want to find their way back home before the impending date of their wedding. After all, the tents are already rented, and the place settings planned... The story works as a metaphor for developing maturity and finding one's place in the world/settling for reality. The surreal style didn't quite win me over, though.
Bbrown
I loved The Manual of Detection, and while this story included some similar moments of charm and clever writing, in sum it's not as strong as Berry's longer work. The short story does a good job of layering tensions, creating an atmosphere of anxiety between the couple and the bizarre world(s) they have stumbled into, as well as between Jim and Laura themselves. The story raises questions about how the couple ended up where they are, why Jim is famous, why Laura is the target of the blond pinstr...more
Chris
Read this for free here: http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/06/a-...

Loved this surreal trip of an engaged couple trying to return home. It's a quick read, so just go read it.

Now to track down Jedediah Berry's other works
Kristen Ying
This story kept my interest with its creativity, and is well written, but I just find surrealist writing like this uncomfortable when it is one surreal event/surprise after another.
Princessjay
A wild run through a surrealism, and a parable of what it is to be in a relationship, to enter into life-long commitment in an uncertain world. In our world.
Max
SPOILER ALERT

I think this is a tale of cold feet told about a couple right before their wedding. They get their"happy ending" but in a very no traditional fashion. Odd and fun at the same time.
Literatemoose
Jedediah Berry is just wonderful, and this short story is just another reminder of why I love reading so much. This creepy, immerse, noir-fantasy kept me feeling like I was inside of a waking dream the whole time. You know just about as much as what's going on as the characters do, which is definitely part of the charm, and it's just the write length to keep you engaged from start to finish.
I'll eagerly await Mr. Berry's next piece of work!
Kelly
Funky and weirdly cool. Oh, and wildly imaginative. In fact, I'm still digesting some of the happenings. Because, yeah...

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
Kimikimi
Another Tor.com short story.

Ummm, well this one was nicely surreal.

I really only understood part of the allegory, hopeful I will get more understanding with age.
Amy
A strange and surreal tale. I'm not sure I get it.
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Didn't get it.
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Jedediah Berry was raised in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. His first novel, The Manual of Detection, received the Crawford Fantasy Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize, and his short stories have appeared in anthologies including Best New American Voices and Best American Fantasy. He lives in Western Massachusetts.

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