Our Island of Epidemics
by Matthew Salesses (Goodreads Author)
Fourteen tiny tales recount the story of a community of island dwellers who catch their island’s strange and fleeting epidemics—epidemics like memory loss, unrequited love, magic, extrasensitive hearing, talking to animals, and dissociation—and the relationship that the people of the island have with their home, with each other, and with the diseases. That is, until one ma...more
Paperback, First, 40 pages
Published October 2010 by PANK
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(This will seem like a weird thing to react to, but I found the drawings really distracting and incongruous. This is a book of stories about an island, and the people on that island. But the stories are told in very plain, unadorned language. So why the highly-stylized images of people with curlicues in their hair and long eyelashes and rosy cheeks and suits & ties? I didn't get any of that from the text, and the images didn't add anything back in a way that brought the text to life. Why not...more
I loved this book. I loved the idea. The language and style is direct and crisp. As a writer, I also personally love the use of We and Our in writing. When all the characters seem to speak together you definitely sit up and pay attention. It's great. My first real introduction to the writing of Matthew Saleses. It makes me excited to start reading his new one.
I'm the author of I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying (Civil Coping Mechanisms), The Last Repatriate (Nouvella), and two chapbooks, Our Island of Epidemics (PANK) and We Will Take What We Can Get (Publishing Genius). My shorter fiction can be found in Glimmer Train, Witness, American Short Fiction, West Branch, and others; nonfiction in The New York Times, The Rumpus, Hyphen, Koream. I am also an edit...moreMore about Matthew Salesses...