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It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides: Stories

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Winner of the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize
 
Jessica Lee Richardson’s debut collection It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides teems with double magic—families of spiders, monsters in triplicate, and panels of bleacher-sitting grandfathers (who live in a diaphragm!) cohabitate with a starker, more familiar kind of strange in a hyper real and living ta
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Paperback, 232 pages
Published September 30th 2015 by Fiction Collective 2 (first published September 1st 2015)
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Brandi
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like if Margaret Atwood and George Saunders had an incredibly talented baby.
Scott Daughtridge
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of creative, unique style I always hope to find in a story collection.
Rachel
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Here's my flirtation with this book (as published on my personal blog):

The plan is go, the guides are your monsters.

This is how I imagine you and I met: I was on the bus carrying a sack of flour like a baby. You came up to me and wordlessly stuck your knife up through the bottom. As the flour spilled quietly into the black rubber rivets, we looked one another straight in the eyes and knew our lives were changed forever. Well, mine, anyway.

You mentioned a vacation and I asked you about it. “Oh, i
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Caitlyn GD
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5~3 / 5

Favorites: All She Had, Free Baby, Not the Problem, The Best Deal, Even the Line.

I really enjoyed this collection, though I wish it had been pared down a bit. The structure (the first half of the collection is dubbed "descent" and the second "ascent") helped to excuse each story's place to a degree, but as a whole the chosen pieces were sometimes too inconsistent in tone or execution. For example, "No go" is far more experimental than "Even the Line" which seemed both more realistic and
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Ian Sacks
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't encourage people to read this enough. Every story is incredible; upsetting, surreal, memorable, lyrical.
Erica
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An amazing collection. Couldn't put it down.
Elizabeth
Lovely set of short stories by an even lovelier person. I highly recommend this for anyone who is a fan of George Saunders. Buy it and put in on your shelves or, better yet, in your libraries.
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