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A keen ear and eye have set Atwood apart for all of her illustrious career, and she shines again in this collection, which begins with a woman conversing with her dead husband. Broke and divorced, Boris has taken a job as a tour-guide at the Pushkin Hills Preserve, where he immediately goes about hilariously ridiculing the visitors and staff who so revere Pushkin. Bad things happen, and not always to good people. Sixteen-year-old Fan abandons the city of B-Mor a dystopic Baltimore, whose residents also supply the collective narrative voice to search for her missing boyfriend, and the result is a series of wildly imaginative set pieces that shows Lee as a world-builder of the first order. Powerful and disturbing, these stories of the war in Iraq from an Iraqi perspective combine the grit of reality with the surreal.
These are the novels and short story collections that we absolutely loved in Ranked in no particular order. As unnerving and irresistible as the baddest of bad influences, Ugly Girls is not to be missed. Preparation for the Next Life is a powerful love story, both tender and brutal, about a troubled Iraq War veteran and a Chinese Muslim immigrant who meet in New York. Atticus Lish writes with beauty, striking attention to detail, and painful honesty about life on the margins of America — about the people we don't see, the places we don't go.
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Impressively, it is also a vastly entertaining feat of storytelling. Wry and devastating in equal measure, the novel is a cracked mirror that throws light in every direction — on music and literature; science and philosophy; marriage and motherhood and infidelity; and especially love and the grueling rigors of domestic life. In , the anthropologist Margaret Mead took a field trip to the Sepik River in New Guinea with her second husband; they met and collaborated with the man who would become her third. King has taken the known details of that actual event and created this exquisite novel, her fourth, about the rewards and disappointments of intellectual ambition and physical desire. The result is an intelligent, sensual tale told with a suitable mix of precision and heat. Deeply unnerving and gorgeously tender, the book chronicles how grief renders the parents unable to cherish and raise their other son; love, it suggests, becomes warped and jagged and even seemingly vanishes in the midst of mourning. In this brilliant debut story collection, Klay — a former Marine who served in Iraq — shows what happens when young, heavily armed Americans collide with a fractured and deeply foreign country few of them even remotely understand.