Michael Chabon is back with a brand-new collection that reinvigorates the stay-up-all-night, edge-of-the seat, fingernail-biting, page-turning tradition of literary short stories, featuring Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Peter Straub, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Heidi Julavits, Roddy Doyle, and more!
Margaret Atwood- Lusus Naturae
David Mitchell- What You Do Not Know You Want
Jonathan Lethem- Vivian Relf
Ayelet Waldman - Minnow
Steve Erickson- Zeroville
Stephen King- Lisey and the Madman
Jason Roberts - 7C
Heidi Julavits- The Miniaturist
Roddy Doyle - The Child
Daniel Handler - Delmonico
Charles D'Ambrosio - The Scheme of Things
Poppy Z. Brite - The Devil of Delery Street
China Mieville- Reports of Certain Events in London
Joyce Carol Oates - The Fabled Light-house at Vi-a del Mar
Peter Straub - Mr. Aickman's Air Rifle
With this varied collection of enchanting though not always astonishing tales, Chabon (who also edited McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales) aims for an anthology full of "genre bending and stylistic play." There's quite a lineup of writers taking a stab at "genre" fiction here: many expected (Margaret Atwood, Stephen King), but a few surprises as well, and a newcomer or two. Atwood offers a fantastical tale of a human "lusus naturae" (freak of nature) who suffers from a nameless disease that results in yellow eyes, red fingernails and fangs--how does such a creature fit into a family? Jonathan Lethem's charming "Vivian Relf," which concerns two strangers who seem familiar to each other and who continue to cross each others' paths, is a kind of love story, but there are also tales creepy (Jason Roberts's "7C") and strange (China Mi?ville's "Reports of Certain Events in London"). Stephen King's "Lisey and the Madman" is full of engaging detail and feeling. While a couple of stories fail to reach the high-water mark, this collection will offer readers plenty of pleasure and perhaps even a sense of doing good (an endnote says that "this book benefits 826 Valencia," the San Francisco writing lab founded by Dave Eggers and Co.).
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November 15, 2004
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