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Things We Didn't See Coming

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Publisher Comments:

Michael Williams, in Melbourne’s The Age, wrote of this award-winning, dazzling debut collection, “By turns horrific and beautiful . . . Humanity at its most fractured and desolate . . . Often moving, frequently surprising, even blackly funny . . . Things We Didn’t See Coming is terrific.” This is just one of the many rave reviews that appeared on the Australian publication of these nine connected stories set in a not-too-distant dystopian future in a landscape at once utterly fantastic and disturbingly familiar.

Richly imagined, dark, and darkly comic, the stories follow the narrator over three decades as he tries to survive in a world that is becoming increasingly savage as cataclysmic events unfold one after another. In the first story, “What We Know Now”—set in the eve of the millennium, when the world as we know it is still recognizable—we meet the then-nine-year-old narrator fleeing the city with his parents, just ahead of a Y2K breakdown. The remaining stories capture the strange—sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes funny—circumstances he encounters in the no-longer-simple act of survival; trying to protect squatters against floods in a place where the rain never stops, being harassed (and possibly infected) by a man sick with a virulent flu, enduring a job interview with an unstable assessor who has access to all his thoughts, taking the gravely ill on adventure tours. But we see in each story that, despite the violence and brutality of his days, the narrator retains a hold on his essential humanity—and humor.

Things We Didn’t See Coming is haunting, restrained, and beautifully crafted—a stunning debut.

Synopsis:

"Nine connected stories set in a not-too-distant dystopian future in a landscape at once utterly fantastic and disturbingly familiar. The stories follow the narrator over three decades as he tries to survive in a world that is becoming increasingly savage as cataclysmic events unfold one after another"--Jacket.

Synopsis:

Richly imagined, dark, and darkly comic, these nine connected stories follow the narrator over three decades as he tries to survive in a world that is becoming more savage as cataclysmic events unfold one after another.

About the Author

\Steven Amsterdam, is a native New Yorkerwho moved to Melbourne, Australia, in 2003. He currently works as a psychiatric nurse. You can visit him on the web at www.stevenamsterdam.com

Table of Contents

What we know now — The theft that got me here — Dry land — Cake walk — Uses for vinegar — The forest for the trees — Predisposed — The profit motive — Best medicine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307378910
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Amsterdam, Steven K.
Author:
Amsterdam, Steven
Author:
Steven Amsterdam
Subject:
Dystopias
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Short Stories
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100202
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
199

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» Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
» Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » A to Z
» History and Social Science » Politics » General

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Product details 199 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307378910 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Nine connected stories set in a not-too-distant dystopian future in a landscape at once utterly fantastic and disturbingly familiar. The stories follow the narrator over three decades as he tries to survive in a world that is becoming increasingly savage as cataclysmic events unfold one after another"--Jacket.
"Synopsis" by , Richly imagined, dark, and darkly comic, these nine connected stories follow the narrator over three decades as he tries to survive in a world that is becoming more savage as cataclysmic events unfold one after another.
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