The Dominant Animal

Product Number: EB00759990
Released: Apr 07, 2020
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9780374719982
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A collection of innovative and ambitious short stories from a visionary young literary artist In The Dominant Animal-Kathryn Scanlan's adventurous, unsettling debut collection-compression is key. Sentences have been relentlessly trimmed, tuned, and teased for maximum impact, and a ferocious attention to rhythm and sound results in a palpable pulse of excitability and distress. The nature of love is questioned at a golf course, a flower shop, an all-you-can-eat buffet. The clay head of a man is bought and displayed as a trophy. Interior life manifests on the physical plane, where characters-human and animal-eat and breathe, provoke and injure one another. With exquisite control, Scanlan moves from expansive moods and fine afternoons to unease and violence-and also from deliberate and generative ambiguity to shocking, revelatory exactitude. Disturbances accrue as the collection progresses. How often the conclusions open-rather than tie-up. How they twist alertly. No mercy, a character says-and these stories are merciless and strange and absolutely masterful.

Author(s): Kathryn Scanlan
Original Publish Date: Apr 07, 2020

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