Miniature Wife And Other Stories

ISBN-10: 1594632278

ISBN-13: 9781594632273

Edition: N/A

Authors: Manuel Gonzales

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In the tradition of George Saunders and Aimee Bender, an exuberantly imagined debut that chronicles an ordinary world marked by unusual phenomena. The eighteen stories of Manuel Gonzales's exhilarating first book render the fantastic commonplace and the ordinary extraordinary, in prose that thrums with energy and shimmers with beauty. In "The Artist's Voice" we meet one of the world's foremost composers, a man who speaks through his ears. A hijacked plane circles a city for twenty years in "Pilot, Copilot, Writer." Sound can kill in "The Sounds of Early Morning." And, in the title story, a man is at war with the wife he accidentally shrank. For these characters, the phenomenal isn't necessarily special-but it's often dangerous. In slightly fantastical settings, Gonzales illustrates very real guilt over small and large marital missteps, the intense desire for the reinvention of self, and the powerful urges we feel to defend and provide for the people we love. With wit and insight, these stories subvert our expectations and challenge us to look at our surroundings with fresh eyes. Brilliantly conceived, strikingly original, and told with the narrative instinct of a born storyteller, The Miniature Wife is an unforgettable debut.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/4/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.85" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Manuel Gonzales received a BA in English from the University of Texas in 1996 and an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Columbia University's School of the Arts in 2003. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Fence, Tin House, Open City, One Story, The Believer, i09.com, and Esquire. He is the author of The Regional Office is Under Attack! and The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, which won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. He teaches writing at the University of Kentucky and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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