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The Aversive Clause

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"[B.C. Edwards] is a writer possessed of a quicksilver anarchic imagination and I recommend his fiction highly to all and sundry."—Patrick McGrath

From "My Recipe for the Best Tuna Salad in the World":


I've finished clearing out the apartment, you boy-hungry mongoloid. The last of your things are in the vestibule. I'd come pick them up soon, as I'm sure you're aware,
Paperback, 180 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Black Lawrence Press (first published December 11th 2012)
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Lisa Eckstein
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Reading a book written by a friend is a nerve-racking proposition. I was afraid to start THE AVERSIVE CLAUSE, a short story collection by B.C. Edwards, because I've known the author since high school. (As a result, I know all manner of embarrassing things about him, and vice versa. None of those will be revealed here.) I didn't want to find myself in the position of disliking the work of a person I'm fond of.

I had no reason to worry. From the first page of the first story, "Tumblers," I was take
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The collection's appeal goes beyond the allure of dystopian exploration and beyond the dissection of relationships. He quietly--yet not exactly subtly--highlights the problems with blind faith, our society's constant hunger for change,and reality television. I like that all sexuality is not a character or a problem or needful of discussion, just the backdrop to the drama.

I did write a full review of the collection, which you can find here: (another sourc
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I suspect, based on B. C. Edwards’ stories, that anyone who uses a Forrest Gump metaphor to describe Edwards’ short-story collection, The Aversion Clause, will befall a strange fate. But here goes anyway—The Aversion Clause: box of chocolates.

It’s a testament to Edwards’ talent that he’s able to write in many different registers and modes, from the realist dysfunctional family dynamic in “Bigger Than All These Buildings” to more fantastical work, and, not surprisingly, it’s those stories that st
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Somethings strange this way come...

B.C. Edwards may just be one of the more bizarre and immensely gifted writers to come down the pike in a long time. Leave it to Black Lawrence Press to discover these disparate geniuses - wherever do they find them? THE AVERSIVE CLAUSE is a collection of short stories, each one so well crafted that it seems like a compressed novel. Edwards can take and idea (fairly bizarre idea at that) and in a very short time make it blossom into something that feels as thoug
I thought the collection was pretty interesting and diverse in terms of themes, styles, and length. What all the stories have in common is their oddity--I found them entertainingly absurd.

A down-on-luck, never-going-anywhere-in-life guy meets a better version of himself in town (same name, same face) but does not dwell much on it; the conflict arises from a different reason. Another guy writes about a live dinosaur eating people away to his mother in a blasé tone. These characters are so odd an
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
These are some wonderfully imaginative stories. There is quite a range here between heartbreaking and hilarious. Whether the story was an up one, a down one, or somewhere in between, I enjoyed reading them all. Edwards managed to surprise me on every page.
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Great book of short stories. More to come.
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