If a Stranger Approaches You

Stories
Product Number: EB00653614
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781936747511
Publisher: Sarabande Books
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Description

Fifteen "alarming and gorgeous" stories from the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author about the quiet terrors of American life (The Boston Globe). Laura Kasischke, national bestselling author of The Life Before Her Eyes and White Bird in a Blizzard, both adapted for film, looks behind the quietude of domesticity to find the "strange and unexpected and sometimes extraordinary" in this collection of stories that "defies simple definition" (Booklist). In "Mona," a mother violates her daughter's privacy certain she's hiding a dreadful secret. In "You're Going to Die," a girl delights in the cruel power she has over her ailing father. In "Search Continues for Elderly Man," a little boy's invitation for a lonely old neighbor to come out and play takes a shocking turn. In "Our Father," children camouflage their sleeping dad in dirty rags to protect him. But from what?; and in the title story, a woman agrees to carry a package aboard a plane for a stranger despite-or perhaps, because of-her fantasizes about potential disaster. Populated by people coming to terms with a life that is just a little bit off-after there is a tiny mummified heart in a dresser drawer of a suburban home, If a Stranger Approaches You is "an important addition to [Kasischeke's] own body of work and to the contemporary literature of end times" -NPR Books

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Author(s): Laura Kasischke
Original Publish Date: Mar 05, 2013

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