Monsters : stories / Karen Brennan.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Brennan, Karen, 1941- (Author)
Format: Book
Published: New York, NY : Four Way Books, [2016]
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Brimming with real and imagined monsters, Brennan (The Garden in Which I Walk) delivers striking meditations on memory, time, fragility, and strength. In the title story, a father visits his impaired daughter and her roommate, who resembles a giant field mouse. In "10 Birds," the narrator wakes to find the bedroom invaded by a bevy of doves. "Pete, Waste Lab Technician," centers on a fearless morgue custodian plagued by roving shadows and a group of chatty zombies with a penchant for theoretical physics. There is a compelling conflict that unifies these stories. As one of the many nameless narrators explains, "There'd been a time, I felt certain, that duplicated this time, but was not remembered." The narratives dwell in stark duality: the endless duplication of life, and the temporal condition of shared existence. The majority of the characters in this book speak of routine, predictable occurrences. But these tales-some less than a page-are not conventional; they're beautifully strange and often surreal. Brennan introduces fantastical elements that dramatically transform relatable characters and familiar settings into something new, like a family adopting a talking cat. Brennan's collection of compassionate and intelligent fiction is a showcase for a very skilled author. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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