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The Secret Society of Demolition Writers: Storiesby Aimee Bender
Synopses & Reviews
What would you write if no one knew who you were?
In the spirit of the demolition derby, where drivers take heedless risks with reckless abandon, welcome to the first convocation of the Secret Society of Demolition Writers. Here is a one-of-a-kind collection by famous authors writing anonymously–and dangerously. With the usual concerns about reputations and renown cast aside, these twelve daredevils have each contributed an extreme, no-holds-barred unsigned story, each shining as brightly and urgently as hazard lights.
Unconventional and unapologetic, this publishing equivalent of a whodunit features an eclectic group of fictional characters, including a delusional schizophrenic narrator, an egg donor with second thoughts about her decision, a pharmacist who forms a weird crush on a woman who beat both of her parents to death, and a little girl who understands that an old safe is the threshold to another, ghostly, world. Equally diverse and surprising are the authors themselves: Aimee Bender, Benjamin Cheever, Michael Connelly, Sebastian Junger, Elizabeth McCracken, Rosie O’Donnell, Chris Offutt, Anna Quindlen, John Burnham Schwartz, Alice Sebold, Lauren Slater, and Marc Parent, the editor of the collection. Never before has such a wide-ranging and talented group of authors been assembled to such explosive and entertaining effect.
The Secret Society of Demolition Writers is an intriguing puzzle in itself, but it’s also an important addition to the careers of some of our finest storytellers–even if we never really know who wrote what. Its boundary-smashing fiction offers exhilarating proof that for an artist, withholding your identity can mean gaining your freedom.
From the Hardcover edition.
In an anonymous anthology of all-original, no-holds-barred short fiction, a group of famed writers--including Elizabeth McCracken, Rosie O'Donnell, Michael Connelly, and Benjamin Cheever--captures the lives of such offbeat characters as a delusional schizophrenic, an egg donor with second thoughts, and a young girl who discovers that an old safe forms the portal to another, ghostly world. 30,000 first printing.
Short stories capture the lives of such offbeat characters as a delusional schizophrenic, an egg donor with second thoughts, and a young girl who discovers a portal to another, ghostly world.
About the Author
MARC PARENT is the author of Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize as well as a New Visions nominee and a NEBA Honorary Selection, and Believing It All: What My Children Taught Me About Trout Fishing, Jelly Toast, and Life. He has written for The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three sons.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
Eggs — There is no palindrome of palindrome — The safe man — Sweet — Deck — Wonderland — Ashes — An eye for an eye — The choking pearl — Modern times — Good sport — A country like no other.
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