Short Fiction

Dana Green: Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing

Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing explores how storytelling changes with each iteration, each explosion, each mutation. Told through multiple versions, these are stories of weapons testing, sheep that can herd themselves into watercolors, and a pregnant woman whose water breaks every day for nine months. “I love Dana Green’s wild mind” (NOY HOLLAND). “A tour de force of deeply destabilizing investigation into language and self” (LAIRD HUNT). “Dana Green’s bracing debut .. reminds us every ordinary moment, every ordinary sentence, is an impending emergency” (LANCE OLSEN).

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Joyelle McSweeney: Salamandrine: 8 Gothics

A collection of short stories by Joyelle McSweeney, refracting the dread and isolation of contemporary life through a series of formal/generic lenses, producing a distorted, attenuated, spasmatic experience of time, as accompanies motherhood; making impossible any thinking in terms of conventional temporalities or even causalities, let alone their narrative effects. “McSweeney’s breakneck prose harnesses the throbbing pulse of language itself.” (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY); “sexy teleological apocrypha of motherhood literature, a siren song for those mothers ‘with no soul to photograph'” (BROOKLYN RAIL); “These words ring and richochet like tinnitus in your ears” (QUARTERLY WEST); “One would not make love to a Salamandrine during a sandstorm” (ALEISTER CROWLEY)

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Joanna Ruocco: Man’s Companions

Joanna Ruocco’s first short-fiction collection, Man’s Companions, from Tarpaulin Sky Press: “Find yourself warped from one world to another, transported by the flight of her words between languages” (THE NATION); “Ruocco’s understated humor and irony have a playful, experimental appeal” (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY); “Early Lydia Davis seems not unfairly applicable, as does Amy Hempel” (ART + CULTURE); “Ruocco is consistently inventive. She tilts the world as we know it, challenging our senses” (TRIQUARTERLY)

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Traci O. Connor: Recipes for Endangered Species

Traci O Connor’s debut collection of short fictions, Recipes for Endangered Species (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2010): “These stories constitute some tender, aching love stories. Connor’s characters are curious specimens who don’t quite fit in, but have rich inner lives…. Creepy, Hitchcockian….. Juxtaposes vivid descriptions of flowers with excerpts from the painter’s late asylum notebooks to evoke the chilling stream-of-consciousness of a troubled narrator….. A kind of nut job’s notebook, full of Lolita-like obsession (including photographs). Cocktail recipes conclude each of the stories in this varied and occasionally unnerving debut collection.” (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

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Danielle Dutton: Attempts at a Life

Danielle Dutton’s debut short-fiction collection, Attempts at a Life, from Tarpaulin Sky Press: “Danielle Dutton writes with a deft explosiveness that craters the page with stunning, unsettling precision” (LAIRD HUNT); “Danielle Dutton executes expert, miniscule language slips that make us slide down the surface of her narratives like raindrops streaking the windows of the last un-gentrified house in an old Victorian neighborhood…. An important new literary voice” (RAIN TAXI); “It’s serious, but as many dramatists celebrate: comedy orbits a dark sun. Which is to say, this is also a very funny book” (AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW)

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