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Further Adventures in the Restless Universe

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  81 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
“Dawn Raffel's stories are like prismatic drops of rain, hanging from the edge of a roof or sliding down a windshield, reflecting an entire world within. The language of motherhood, of adulthood, of childhood — the language of family and individual — has never been like this. Sly and probing, with the sting of precision and pain.” —Susan Straight

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Paperback, 120 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Dzanc Books
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Apr 01, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: stories
When Michael Kimbell said that "nobody is writing sentences" like Dawn Raffel's sentences, he was not exaggerating. Her lines, her stories, are spiky things that don't sit easily in the hand. I felt a peculiar sort of stress as I read Further Adventures in the Restless Universe, newly published by Dzanc Books; I was confronted with how the stories resist simple narrative and scene and dialogue, while at the same time luring me in with their intoxicating mood, the emotive power behind miscommunic ...more
Jul 21, 2010 Pamela rated it it was amazing
I love compression. There are feelings and truths that can be captured only by using fewer words. So Dawn Raffel is my kind of read. There are 21 stories in this slim collection (which has a cool black cover), some only a couple of pages long. The protagonist is often a woman with a long train of memories, a mother, a grown daughter, someone who has emerged from a history of grandparents and great-aunts and lost European and Midwestern worlds and lives. People interrupt each other, don't listen- ...more
Jun 29, 2010 Tara rated it really liked it
This book should come with a warning: Don't read when tired. You have to be completely alert to follow Raffel's original, choppy prose style. I found myself rereading passages many times, as I was reading before bed and often exhausted. However, it was worth it. Don't know too many women writing like this. If you are a Diane Williams fan, you must read this book. I found Raffel's style particularly effective when writing scenes between family members. Those unspoken words in the gaps of her pros ...more
Apr 28, 2013 Kyrie rated it did not like it
Shelves: short-stories
Got this book from the library's blind date pile and I was excited. I read the cover blurb and thought it would be based on science.
Instead of that, I got prose that read like modern poetry. Then I decided I was reading the ramblings of an elderly person at the end of their life - snippets that made little sense. I moved from that to deciding I was reading the ramblings of madwoman.
I've reread the blurbs on the back cover. I've read some of the online reviews. I was irritated because I felt so
Tim Lepczyk
Dec 03, 2010 Tim Lepczyk rated it did not like it
I read the first two stories: "Near Taurus" and "Her Purchase." Wasn't grabbed by either story, and after skimming a few more, don't think that will change. The prose is choppy, and it feels like Raffel is going for style over substance. Also, 21 stories regarding frenetic mothers and their neglected children seems like overkill to me.
Mike Polizzi
Apr 12, 2012 Mike Polizzi rated it it was amazing
Raffel takes the focus of poetry and slurs the brief narrative pops in her collection to create a portable constellation. The sharpness of the language, the precision of the syntax- reading feels like walking in the ocean at night and discovering words with your toes- as the collection progresses the toes become more adept. I haven't read a collection as spare and evocative.
Mar 31, 2010 Maureen rated it did not like it
At least it was short........
Dec 24, 2015 Liv rated it really liked it
Further Adventures in a Restless Universe was not at all what I expected.

For some reason I was led to believe that this was going to be quirky, Karen Russell-esque. But Dawn Raffel's writing defies all comparisons. It's a harsher, bleaker strangeness than I thought it was going to be. Heavier, almost, despite being so brief. The whole collection is only 100 pages, and yet it took me a while to get through it. Not that it wasn't gripping, but I ended up taking time to absorb each story before mo
Feb 18, 2011 Sharon rated it liked it
This is a book that would really benefit from multiple readings. The prose is spare and poetic, and it seemed many of the stories melded together, sharing characters and themes that I only got a hint of on the first read. The movement in the stories is subtle, but elegant. I wanted and needed more, which could either be a good thing, or the indication of too many missing parts. I don't like the feeling that I have to fill in all the blanks, but for some stories, the empty parts should remain tha ...more
Oct 12, 2012 Roxy rated it really liked it
I see creative writing and my own voice as a writer differently after reading this. The style was refreshing, although admittedly at times disconcerting and confusing. I realized that is a good thing, though. In the end, the book left me inspired and desiring to read more of Raffel.
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Jan 05, 2013 Tonya rated it liked it
This book was an interesting collection of short stories.weird, but good. Definitely not an easy read, although it is a quick read.
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Nov 20, 2016 Justin Daugherty rated it really liked it
Dawn Raffel's sentences are something else entirely. This book is so enchanting. Wow.
Dec 09, 2014 Tyler rated it it was amazing
What just happened? Wow.
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Jun 10, 2010 Jane Ciabattari rated it it was amazing
This new collection from Dawn Raffel shows her at the top of her game:
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Dawn Raffel is an American writer. She has authored two short story collections, a novel, and a memoir. Her work has appeared in The Quarterly, NOON, edited by Diane Williams, O, The Oprah Magazine, Conjunctions, Open City, Fence, Guernica, The Antioch Review, The Mississippi Review, The Brooklyn Rail, The Anchor Book of New American Short Fiction, Micro Fictions, BOMB, and numerous other publicat ...more
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