Cook, Diane Man v. Nature

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Man v. Nature

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9780062333100: Man v. Nature

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE LA TIMES BOOKS PRIZE 2015*

A SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE NOTABLE BOOK OF 2014

A BOSTON GLOBE BEST FICTION OF 2014

ROXANNE GAY’S TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2014

AN AMAZON BEST SHORT STORY COLLECTION OF 2014

AN iBOOK BEST OF 2014

 

Told with perfect rhythm and unyielding brutality, these stories expose unsuspecting men and women to the realities of nature, the primal instincts of man and the dark humour and heartbreak of our struggle to not only thrive, but survive. In “Girl on Girl”, a high-school girl goes to disturbing lengths to help an old friend; in “Meteorologist Dave Santana”, an insatiable temptress pursues the one man she can’t have; and in the title story, a long fraught relationship comes undone when three friends get impossibly lost on a lake that is impossible to get lost on. In Diane Cook’s perilous worlds, the quotidian surfaces conceal darkly surreal elements that illuminate our more curious, troubling and bewildering behaviour.

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Review:

‘A knockout ... every single story could make a great movie.’

( New York Times Book Review)

‘Astonishing.’

(Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist)

‘As close to experiencing a Picasso as literature can get.’ 

(Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife)

‘Lively, apocalypse-tinged tales ... Cook mines the moments that precede the losses – when the battles are truly raging – and it’s in them that she finds great beauty and strangeness ... And, in the end, this collection suggests, meaning might be worth the battle.'

( New York Times Book Review)

Man V. Nature could also be called Diane Cook V. The Challenges of Writing Fresh, Invigorating Fiction in Our Age. In the latter contest, Cook crushes. Here is a bold debut.’ 

(Sam Lipsyte, author of Home Land)

Man v. Nature may be Diane Cook’s first book, but the former “This American Life” producer’s work is impressively precocious – making it our favourite short-story collection of October.’

(GQ)

‘Here’s a good rule: If Diane Cook wrote it, read it ... Safety is tenuous, if not an illusion, in her thoughtful, unsettling, and darkly funny collection.’ 

( Boston Globe)

‘This debut story collection takes the familiar narrative conflict and applies it to contemporary characters. The capriciousness of the natural world in Cook’s stories colours them with a Romantic, almost surreal light that fans of Megan Mayhew Bergman are sure to appreciate.’ 

( Huffington Post,)

‘[Cook] puts forth idiosyncratic and twisted conceits, but delivers the narrative goods when it comes to depicting the tragic, emotional lives of her characters ... Like the best kind of fiction, the reader is left with much to think about within the broad realms of sex, death, love and friendship.’ 

( San Francisco Chronicle)

‘Diane Cook’s writing is sharp, bawdy, bold and often hilarious. Her stories are refreshingly crude and her imagination is unbounded. Like her characters, Cook does what she wants. Her world is another universe, where people are wilder.’

(Rebecca Curtis, author of Twenty Grand)

‘What I like most about these stories is that many of them are dispatches from the end of the world, and it turns out to be a surprisingly familiar place.’

(Ira Glass, Host,)

‘Diane Cook’s stories are like high-wattage bulbs strung across a sinister, dark land. Man V. Nature is equal parts dazzle and depth.’ 

(Ramona Ausubel, author of No One is Here Except All of Us)

‘Masterful ... Each darkly comic modern fable reveals our societal preoccupations – with status, sex, motherhood, belonging – for what they really are: thin veneers over our ever-present animal selves, ready to crack at the merest provocation. A book that’ll grab your attention and keep you thinking.’ 

(Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and The Jinni)

‘A dark pleasure ... In ‘Meteorologist Dave Santana’ sex happens less often than the desperate, older woman (the meteorologist’s neighbour) would like. Cook is a young woman imagining an older woman’s need, and not charitably. But if Cook is anything like me, that desperate neighbour is herself. I’ve never really felt young.'

(Miranda July, Goodreads)

'Seethes with heat, rejection and twisted perception ... I found myself enthralled by all of the stories in this collection. Not only are they surprising, but also fresh, funny, sad, often surreal and oddly true.'

(Omnivoracious)

‘Quirkiness abounds, with several fairy-tale tropes thrown in for good measure ... Some stories jump off the page ... all are oddly charming.’ 

( Publishers Weekly)

‘I couldn’t pry myself away from Man v. Nature ... The stories are grim, violent, and darkly funny, but never so far removed from our most human urges to seem TOTALLY implausible.’

( Buzzfeed)

‘Potent and unnerving ... stark spookiness in the vein of Shirley Jackson and William Golding ... [and] a lonely weirdness like that of Aimee Bender and George Saunders ... Cook writes assuredly of archetypal terror and even more insightfully of hunger-for food, friendship, love and above all, survival. A canny, refined, and reverberating debut.’ 

(Booklist)

‘Hunger, despair, and perpetual awe for the collapsing natural world and the vulnerability of existence therein. Apply liberally before exposure to the elements. Contents include truth and other known allergens.’

( Flavorwire)

‘This past month I discovered Diane Cook and had many moments of story-delight, really just too many to count, because Diane Cook is that good ... Cook’s writing is lively and frank.’ 

( Impose Magazine)

‘Irresistible reading ... The author probes her characters’ psychological depths in weird and wonderful ways ... With Man v. Nature Cook makes a bold, original debut.’

( San Jose Mercury News)

About the Author:

Diane Cook's fiction has been published in Harper's Magazine, Granta and Tin House. Her non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine. She earned an MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Teaching Fellow. She lives in Oakland, California.

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