Synopses & Reviews
"Amid alarming depictions of domestic misery and perversion, strange metamorphoses, and imperiled nature, as well as the occasional triumphant escape or alliance, Levine declares the death of myth and anticipates the collapse of civilization. But for now, she subtly acknowledges that however deluded, poisoned, and impaired we may be, we will continue to tell and cherish tales and stories as we struggle against lies, brutality, and alienation."Donna Seamen, Bookforum
The inhabitants of Stacey Levine's stories attempt each of these things and more, with no more success than people who have extramarital affairs or people who buy sports cars. Thankfully, Levine's stories have a refreshing lack of respect for reality.The Believer
Levine's crisp stories similarly find excitement and transformation as they chase down their fantastical plots. The Girl with Brown Fur won't be everyone's cup of tea, but the adventurous will enjoy following Levine's breadcrumb trails, even if that means getting a little bit lost.A.N. Devers, Time Out New York
In her first short fiction collection since My Horse and Other Stories, Stacey Levine gives us twenty-eight new, feral, untamable stories, in myriad modes, from laugh-out-loud funny, to Kafka-nightmarish, to lyrical, elegiac, and philosophical.
Stacey Levine is the author of My Horse and Other Stories (PEN/West Fiction Award, 1994) and the novels Dra and Frances Johnson (finalist, Washington State Book Award, 2005).
"Whimsical, obtuse, and maybe too content to revel in the absurd, these tales by Levine (My Horse and Other Stories) often focus on tortured relationships. 'Uppsala' puts readers on notice with its first line ('We come from a bad family and we are disgraced') and commences to chart a brother and sister's unfortunate vacation under the manic coercion of their mother. Another intensely strange relationship develops in 'And You Are?' about the manic-depressive Janice-Katie and her elderly former babysitter, Mrs. Beck, who grows increasingly belligerent (or perhaps senile) until the two coexist in two private, slightly inharmonious worlds. In 'The Kidney Problem,' a couple on the eve of their wedding face a gamut of hilariously incapacitating health problems, while 'Sausage,' set in a futuristic Communist-style factory, sees the proficient sausage maker narrator bent on being the model worker, only to get an invigorating, dangerous whiff of freedom. Levine works spare details and an edgy humor to often great effect, though many of the 28 stories come off feeling more like exercises than full-blooded fiction. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Strange, magical, funny stories by a guru of innovative fiction, in her first new collection in almost 20 years.
Fiction. In her new collection, the first since her PEN-West Award-winning MY HORSE AND OTHER STORIES (Sun and Moon Press, 1992), Stacey Levine gives us twenty-eight new, feral, untamable stories, in myriad modes, from laugh- out-loud funny, to Kafka-nightmarish, lyrical, elegiac, and philosophical. Rooted in the quotidian and often mundane details of everyday life, these stories turn our expectations upside down. Levine, the author of, most recently, the novel Frances Johnson, again shows why many consider her a genius of contemporary fiction.
About the Author
Stacey Levine is the author of MY HORSE AND OTHER STORIES (PEN/West Fiction Award) and the novels Dra— and Frances Johnson (finalist, Washington State Book Award). She was awarded The Stranger Genius Prize for Literature in 2009. Her short story collection THE GIRL WITH BROWN FUR was published in the spring of 2011 by Starcherone. A Puschcart Prize nominee, her fiction has appeared in DENVER QUARTERLY, FENCE, Tin House, THE FAIRY TALE REVIEW, The Washington Review, the Iowa Review, Yeti, and other venues. She has contributed to the American Book Review, Bookforum, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Times, The Chicago Reader, and other publications.