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Lesser known monsters of the 21st century : stories / Kim Fu.

Fu, Kim, (author.).

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  • 0 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library FU (Text) 33500013533930 New Checked out 06/01/2022

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781951142995
  • ISBN: 1951142993
  • Physical Description: 220 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First US edition
  • Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House, 2022.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Pre-simulation consultation XF007867 -- Liddy, first to fly -- Time cubes -- #ClimbingNation -- Sandman -- Twenty hours -- The doll -- In this fantasy -- Scissors -- June bugs -- Bridezilla -- Do you remember Candy.
Summary, etc.:
"In the twelve unforgettable tales of Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, the strange is made familiar and the familiar strange, such that a girl growing wings on her legs feels like an ordinary rite of passage, while a bug-infested house becomes an impossible, Kafkaesque nightmare. Each story builds a new world all its own: a group of children steal a haunted doll; a runaway bride encounters a sea monster; a vendor sells toy boxes that seemingly control the passage of time; an insomniac is seduced by the Sandman. These visions of modern life wrestle with themes of death and technological consequence, guilt and sexuality, and unmask the contradictions that exist within all of us. Mesmerizing, electric, and wholly original, Kim Fu's Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century blurs the boundaries of the real and fantastic, offering intricate and surprising insights into human nature"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 January #1
    *Starred Review* Lauded Vancouver-born, Seattle-domiciled poet-novelist Fu (The Lost Girls of Camp Forever More, 2018) presents a dozen sly, provocative, fabulous short stories sure to delight and shock. From doll parts to winged ankles to stockpiled gold bars, Fu flaunts an inimitable imagination. She deftly parses death in various situations, including a suicide attempt via time machine in "Time Cubes," a couple's mutual murders in "Twenty Hours," a whole family's annihilation by accident and hanging in "The Doll," and an unintended runaway bride's watery subsummation in "Bridezilla." Missed loved ones get reanimated in "Pre-Simulation Consultation XF007867" and inspire a sister's potential revenge killing-in-the-making in "#ClimbingNation." Abusive lovers get exposed in "Scissors," during a sexually charged theater performance, and in "June Bugs," in which the abused attempts to flee the abuser. A young student does not leap to her death in "Liddy, First to Fly," a chronic insomniac finally gets to sleep in "The Sandman," the violent die violently in "In This Fantasy," and a graphic designer creates tasteful immersive experiences in "Do You Remember Candy." Speculative elements so adroitly and casually inserted into seemingly realistic narratives seem to be stoking a growing genre. Fu joins recent maestros Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black, 2018), Charles Yu (Sorry Please Thank You, 2012), and Seong-nan Ha (Bluebeard's First Wife, 2020) in creating irrefutably fantastic fiction. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Monsters > Fiction.
Technology and civilization > Fiction.
Death > Fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Magic realist fiction.
Short stories.
Short stories.

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