Synopses & Reviews
Three early stories of myth, regime, and harlotry by the acclaimed author of The Flamethrowers
An explorer's whereabouts keeps a queen in waiting; a faith healer's illegal radio broadcasts give hope to an oppressed people; a president's offer of ice cream surprises a prostitute expecting to cooperate fully — the three short fictions gathered in build into a vision of Cuba that is black-humored, brutal, and beautiful. Written prior to the publication of Rachel Kushner's first acclaimed novel , these stories, like Roberto Bolano's , burst forth with the genesis of her fictional universe as though fired from a cannon. From the mythical title story, to the ominous "Debouchment" — originally published in her too short-lived journal — to the sexy and noirish "Strange Case of Rachel K," this is Kushner saddling up for a journey into the wilds of the modern novel.
"Kushner (The Flamethrowers) imagines Cuban history in this small collection of strong prose." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Rachel Kushner is the author of Telex From Cuba (2008) and The Flamethrowers (2013), both of which were finalists for the National Book Award. Prior to becoming a novelist, she was an editor at both Grand Street and BOMB. She lives in Los Angeles.