Catapult: Short stories from the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of History of Wolves (Paperback)Emily Fridlund (author)
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Selected by Ben Marcus as winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction
'Fridlund writes of families, marriage, and childhood as if our received wisdom-what we thought we knew about life and love and family-needs reparation. This is fiction as excavation, peeling away the machinery of people and converting it to narrative. Fridlund shines a spotlight on what gets hidden and unreported, and the result can be overwhelming-cutting and funny and filled with difficult truth' Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet
Sometimes calculating, at other times bewildered, Catapult's characters orbit around each other, enacting a deeply human tragicomedy of wit, misunderstanding, and loss.
With dexterous, atmospheric, and darkly comic prose, Fridlund conjures worlds where longing is open-ended, intentions misfire, and the line between comfort and cruelty is often difficult to discern. This is a gripping collection, unsettling as much in its familiarity as in its near-gothic strangeness.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 199 x 133 x 15 mm
"One of the most intelligent and poetic novels of the year." - New Statesman on History of Wolves
"Fridlund is a fine writer and her work is cut through with moments of sparse beauty." - Finacial Times on History of Wolves
"Emily Fridlund's language is generous and precise, her story grief-tempered and forcefully moving. History of Wolves is the loneliest thing I've read in years, and it's gorgeous. These are haunted pages." - Leif Enger on History of Wolves
"So delicately calibrated and precisely beautiful that one might not immediately sense the sledgehammer of pain building inside this book. And I mean that in the best way. What powerful tension and depth." - Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake on History of Wolves
"As exquisite a first novel as I've ever encountered. Poetic, complex and utterly, heartbreakingly beautiful." - T. C. Boyle, author of The Harder They Come on History of Wolves
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