Synopses & Reviews
With an intelligence that scalds every pretense and surface, Lidia Yuknavitch's camera pans across subjects as varied as Keanu Reeves and Siberian prison laborers. She zooms in on drug addiction, crime, sex of all flavors, trauma, torture, rock and roll, and art, all the while revealing untried angles and alien shapes. She traces the inner lives of characters teetering on edges-death, birth, love, understanding-but never flinching at the spectacle of their violent descent. This collection represents a verbal cinematographer at her best as she captivates the reader with a prose style that is mesmerizing and fluid, deep and dangerous.
"One of Yuknavitch's primary talents is to make the deep, often hidden flaws of our culture those toxic waste dumps explosively manifest." Rain Taxi
"Yuknavitch's imaginative stories have a penchant for irony. They delve deep into a materialistic culture that is not just obsessed with itself, but obsessed with its obsessions." American Book Review
"Not since Kathy Acker has a woman writer scarred the page with such intelligence, horror, and wit." The Portland Review Literary Journal
"Each story is a gem that could not have been written by anybody but Lidia Yuknavitch."Review of Contemporary Fiction
"This is not a book for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. The skill of the writer is impressive and there can be no doubt concerning her formidable ability."The Compulsive Reader
Short fictions that examine meaning through a cinematic lens.
About the Author
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of three works of short fiction: Her Other
Mouths, Libertys Excess, and Real to Reel. She is the former editor and creator of two girls review.