What I Didn't See: Stories

Fowler, Karen Joy

9781931520683

ISBN 10: 1931520682 / 1-931520-68-2
ISBN 13: 9781931520683
Publisher: Big Mouth House
Publication Date: 2010
Binding: Hardcover
Editorial Reviews for this title:
Synopsis:
2011 World Fantasy Award Winner for Best Collection

Praise for Karen Joy Fowler:

"No contemporary writer creates characters more appealing, or examines them with greater acuity and forgiveness."--Michael Chabon

"Fowler's witty writing is a joy to read."--"USA Today"

In her moving and elegant new collection, "New York Times" bestseller Karen Joy Fowler writes about John Wilkes Booth's younger brother, a one-winged man, a California cult, and a pair of twins, and she digs into our past, present, and future in the quiet, witty, and incisive way only she can.

The sinister and the magical are always lurking just below the surface: for a mother who invents a fairy-tale world for her son in "Halfway People"; for Edwin Booth in "Edwin's Ghost," haunted by his fame as "America's Hamlet" and his brother's terrible actions; for Norah, a rebellious teenager facing torture in "The Pelican Bar" as she confronts Mama Strong, the sadistic boss of a rehabilitation facility; for the narrator recounting her descent in "What I Didn't See."

With clear and insightful prose, Fowler's stories measure the human capacities for hope and despair, brutality and kindness. This collection, which includes two Nebula Award winners, is sure to delight readers, even as it pulls the rug out from underneath them.

Karen Joy Fowler (karenjoyfowler.com) is the author of five novels, including "Wit's End," PEN/Faulkner finalist "Sister Noon," and "New York Times" bestseller "The Jane Austen Book Club." Her collection "Black Glass" won the World Fantasy Award. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children, live in Santa Cruz, California.


Review:

"One of the most accomplished and most adroit fiction writers in America."
--Brooks Landon, "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"Beautifully written & subtly discomforting stories."
--Nancy Pearl, "Seattle Times"
"Gripping from the start.... We are can never be sure where we are or what each page might bring. This is eclectic approach to a collection is exciting, and steers us away from the safer approach that many other collections take. "
--"The Short Review"
"Refuses to engage fantastic elements in an expected way, often confining them to the edges of a story, leaving the choice of how real a character's perception is to the reader. Her work reflects how strange and unpredictable life is, how difficult-perhaps impossible-to fully understand."
--Gwenda Bond, "Subterranean Online"
"Because of this range and because of the plain high literary quality of so many of its stories, "What I Didn't See" would provide an excellent introduction to Fowler's work if you've somehow managed to remain unacquainted with it."
--"Strange Horizons"
"An exceptionally versatile author . . . Fowler has "the best possible combination of imagination and pragmatism," as she applies unique narratives into carefully crafted structures."
--"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
"In all these stories, Fowler ("Sarah Canary, The Jane Austen Book Club") delights in luring her readers from the walks of ordinary life into darker, more fantastical realms. There, as one of her characters remarks, "Your eyes no longer impose any limit on the things you can see." . . . Fowler's closing story, "King Rat," is a masterpiece. Reading more like a personal essay than fiction, it pays eloquent tribute to "the two men I credit with making me a writer." Here's a volume that serves as a fine introduction to Fowler, if you haven't come across her before--and one that will deeply satisfy fans who've been with her from the beginning."
--"Seattle Times"
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