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Sharply strange and eerily familiar. Absurdly funny and terrifyingly serious. Surreal, fantastic, gritty, real. The stories in Matthew Cheney’s Hudson Prize-winning debut collection range across various styles, modes, genres, and tones as they explore the worlds of family, love, memory, and loss.

Children play through a war-torn world; a mother seeks to communicate with a d
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 20th 2016 by Black Lawrence Press
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Christopher
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Whether Matthew Cheney is writing in strange, dream-like worlds redolent of Kafka and Calvino, or in more recognizable worlds where every moment seems to breathe heavily with the air of reality, his stories are pumping the blood of the human heart, fast and hard and necessary. Read these stories and bleed.
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Bill Hsu
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Many marvelous pieces in this collection; why isn't it getting more love? A couple lovely openings; from "The Island Unknown":

I have discovered a Victrola on the island. There is no other sign of civilization, just lots of sand and a few rocks and one big palm tree. And the Victrola, standing like a sentry beneath the tree.

And from "Walk in the Light While there is Light":

Baskerville decided to become a monster because he had chewed his way far into the Earth, and he lived now in the space he ha
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Adam Di Filippe
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, short-stories
This is a fantastic collection!

Ranging from genuinely terrifying microfiction (How to Play With Dolls) to longer pieces that fully realizes it's inhabitants (Mrs. Kafka).

These are great stories because they do not read like simple horror stories. There is an air of rationalization in each of his insane characters. A feeling that these could be people you know from your own lives.

Here's hoping from more volumes in the future.
Peter Biello
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Funny, sad, creepy stories--I enjoyed all of these. Cheney takes us deep inside the perspectives of some strange-yet-sympathetic folks. Highly recommend.

Here's my conversation with Cheney on New Hampshire Public Radio.
Eric Schaller
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
These stories can be considered slipstream or interstitial, terms that are often more suggestive than defining as they point to an author that is not restricted by genre boundaries. Cheney's stories are immaculately crafted, always assured, move in unexpected directions, and often leave you wondering how he just pulled off what he did.
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“... I will travel south by rail across a high range of mountains, watching the narrow, somber valleys, rough and ragged, open out on either side of me, and I will see mountain streams rise among the rocks, crashing down in waves to the foothills, plunging under bridges as our train rushes over -- and a chilly wind will howl from the darkness, and all of us who are passengers will shiver, and we will cling to each other, living by each other's breaths, but then dawn will vanquish the darkness ...” 0 likes
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