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Dark, irreverent, and truly innovative, the speculative stories in Homesick meditate on the theme of home and our estrangement from it, and what happens when the familiar suddenly shifts into the uncanny. In stories that foreground queer relationships and transgender or nonbinary characters, Cipri delivers the origin story for a superhero team comprised of murdered girls; ...more
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Published October 15th 2019 by Dzanc Books
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Charlie Anders
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book, and HOT DAMN. These stories are so vivid and strange and surreal, and yet full of warmth and humanity. It's rare to see a collection of short fiction that conjures such a powerful sense of weirdness and illogic, but also sports tons of characters that feel like fully-realized, flesh-and-blood people. I found myself both wondering about what happened after each of these stories reached a haunting conclusion, but also thinking about the charac ...more
Lori
This gorgeous and eerie collection captured me completely, from the opening story "A Silly Little Love Story" in which the main character believed an art appreciating ghost had taken up residence in his closet, through to the second-to-last story “Presque Vu,”, in which spirits begin walking an apocalyptic earth and humans find themselves visited with their own very strange and specific hauntings.

While each story doesn't contain ghosts perse, they do all interweave a paranormal element. A child
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Bogi Takács
Saving this for a longer review! Also a Tiptree eligible book, so I’ll need to think about how to do this. (I'm on the jury this year.)

Source of the book: Print ARC from the publisher
Tucker
Sep 27, 2019 marked it as review-copies-to-read

Many thanks to Michelle at Dzanc Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Artur Nowrot
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I encountered Nino Cipri’s stories twice recently – in the Transcendent anthology of best transgender-themed speculative fiction and in Capricious magazine’s Gender Diverse Pronouns issue. In both cases Cipri’s stories were among the highlights for me, so I didn’t hesitate much before requesting Homesick. They are a writer I want to read more of.

Homesick is a very tight collection. It doesn’t just present every s
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kari
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

"Homesick" delivers the promise stated in the title: the nine stories all bring a sense of unfamiliarity, strangeness, and the wish to belong. And the strangeness is only partially related to the speculative element. Most often, the estrangement came from society, family, love, expectations of the outside world. The way Cipri writes this juxtaposition of subtle supernatural and weird or even unfriendly mundane is s
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Uudenkuun Emilia
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

One of the best short story collections I've read in ages. I'd already read some of these stories in the publications they originally appeared in, but they are so great they absolutely deserved a reread. And there were many stories I hadn't read at all!

Favourites I'd previously read: Dead Air, and The Shape of My Name. Both beautiful, sad, and very queer. Ah, I love Nino Cipri's stories. The specula
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Jo Ladzinski
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Read an eARC I received from Edelweiss

Each story in this collection does an exquisite job conveying the multi-faceted concept of homesickness. Perhaps you're home sick for your literal place of being, or for a time of great triumph, or a past relationship, or it's the person you wish your parents in a different timeline knew you as.

My personal favorites were "the shape of my name," "presque vu", and "Which Super Little Dead Girl Are You?". The voice in these was so strong, telling tales with a
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Tori Heroux
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heady blend of surrealism and realism. Graceful prose underlies Cipro’s analysis of complex ideas—especially in the final story. Manages to be dark without being grim, which is quite a feat.
Kelly
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Who knew why straight people did anything, really."

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for racism, homophobia, and transphobia.)

You and I, we’re twenty feet and more than a hundred years apart.

("the shape of my name")


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Maria Haskins
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the last few years, I've read short fiction by Nino Cipri, and each story has shown off another facet of this writer's impressive skill and range. In Homesick, with nine stories in one collection, the brilliance and depth of Cipri's skills are on full display. These stories are varied as a box of gathered treasure. Some stories are bright and light and beautiful, like the lovely "A Silly Love Story". where something is haunting Jeremy's closet, turning his shirts inside out. Some are strange ...more
Camille E
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. A great fall and Halloween read as we begin to spend more time indoors. This is my first reading of this author's work and will not be my last. Touching, ethereal stories that transcend the space of time and our concepts of places we call home. A tremendous collection with each story just as captivating as the last. Certainly a great quick read for a fall reading circle or to just re-read every now and then, for a quick view outside our world.
Amelia
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley.

I really loved this collection of spooky short stories, mostly featuring trans and queer characters. Several stories successfully experiment with the traditional short story form, including the origins of a vengeful team of murdered girls in the form of a Cosmo quiz, and a very creepy story of a relationship told in voicemail and dictaphone recordings. The surreal and fantastical stories about hauntings, a time traveling family, an o
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Andrienne
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark short stories filled with queer and transgender characters are brimming with the remarkable and the surreal.

Thanks to the publisher for an advance copy.
Danni Faith
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I liked this collection a lot. Cipri is talented.
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