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ISBN13: 9780981589961
ISBN10: 0981589960
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Staff Pick

Suzanne Burns's Misfits and Other Heroes is a strange and compulsively readable collection. Her cast of characters is carnival-esque, her prose is fresh, and the stories are sad, bizarre, and resonant. This book is a fun-house mirror of human experience, where everything feels distorted yet true.
Recommended by Sheila A., Powells.com

Review-A-Day

"It's downright refreshing to read stories that say something, that show a willingness to turn over the rocks of romantic relationships and shed light on the muck below — and to do it with such fun and dazzling prose, to boot." Sheila Ashdown, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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“A collection of winningly perverse pleasures. Misfits and Other Heroes is the literary equivalent of Todd Brownings classic film Freaks, which is—in this achingly dull age of worthy fictions—a wonderful and daring thing to be.” —Pinckney Benedict

“This is no ordinary collection. In Misfits and Other Heroes Burns writes of disproportion, excess, reinvention, and lack as a means of magnifying outward physical irregularities to better reveal the inner irregularities of her characters. Burns is unafraid to explore the dark territory of human heart where love and hate are twins for desire and dread. The many brilliant moments of character, language, and startling observations indicate Burns is a keen observer of the wretched and wonderful human creature. In Burns capable hands the grotesque becomes achingly familiar: the misfits she writes about are us.” —Gina Oschner

"Suzanne Burns is the ringleader of a magical, quixotic, flea circus of words. Magisterial, she sings. I love this collection-its sadness and wonder, its acrobatics, its nerve." —Kate Bernheimer, editor of Fairy Tale Review

“Who would have thought that Oregon's misfits could be as deluded and cruel as Flannery O'Connor's Southerners and even more bizarre?" —Tom Whalen, author of Dolls: Prose Poems

Suzanne Burns' Misfits and Other Heroes is a wickedly insightful, brilliantly constructed collection of 14 stories which are at once fearless and full of hope. In tales of the familiar turned on their heads, Burns introduces us to lovers and travelers, dreamers and daredevils, a man the size of a drinking straw and a magician with a masochistic streak. Acts of murder and mayhem run alongside a middle-aged woman dreaming of a different life. In each tale Burns consistently hits the perfect chord. The stories do not just present the strange but uses the bizarre to accent what is human in all of us.

Mixing the best of Palahniuk with the keen clever humor of Aimee Bender, Burns is a writer of unique wit and wisdom. Misfits and Other Heroes is a debut not to be missed.

Suzanne Burns has previously published two collections of poetry, Blight from Archer Books and The Flesh Procession from Bleak House Books. Her writing has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and she is the recipient of two poetry fellowships. She is a freelance editor who is currently working on a new novel.

Review:

"Suzanne Burns is the ringleader of a magical, quixotic, flea circus of words. Magisterial, she sings. I love this collection — its sadness and wonder, its acrobatics, its nerve." Kate Bernheimer, editor of Fairy Tale Review

Review:

"Who would have thought that Oregon's misfits could be as deluded and cruel as Flannery O'Connor's Southerners and even more bizarre?" Tom Whalen, author of Dolls: Prose Poems

Synopsis:

Where the wild things come out to play. Magical stories with a masterful touch of soul.

About the Author

Suzanne Burns has previously published two collections of poetry, Blight from Archer Books and The Flesh Procession from Bleak House Books. Her writing has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and she is the recipient of two poetry fellowships. She is a freelance editor who is currently working on a new novel.

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Ampersand Books, November 29, 2010 (view all comments by Ampersand Books)
Burns’ women are food obsessed; her men are deformed; the relationships are—well—dysfunctional is a gentle word. Readers may not understand her tactics at the onset, but when they play along for a story or two, this strange, meandering path of suspended reality becomes irresistable. Burns unabashedly parades oddities before her readers, who are transported to an alien planet where the language is universal.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780981589961
Author:
Burns, Suzanne
Publisher:
Dzanc Books
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
212
Dimensions:
8.40x5.50x.60 in. .65 lbs.

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Product details 212 pages Dzanc Books - English 9780981589961 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Suzanne Burns's Misfits and Other Heroes is a strange and compulsively readable collection. Her cast of characters is carnival-esque, her prose is fresh, and the stories are sad, bizarre, and resonant. This book is a fun-house mirror of human experience, where everything feels distorted yet true.

"Review A Day" by , "It's downright refreshing to read stories that say something, that show a willingness to turn over the rocks of romantic relationships and shed light on the muck below — and to do it with such fun and dazzling prose, to boot." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "Suzanne Burns is the ringleader of a magical, quixotic, flea circus of words. Magisterial, she sings. I love this collection — its sadness and wonder, its acrobatics, its nerve."
"Review" by , "Who would have thought that Oregon's misfits could be as deluded and cruel as Flannery O'Connor's Southerners and even more bizarre?"
"Synopsis" by ,
Where the wild things come out to play. Magical stories with a masterful touch of soul.
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