I Live with You

Overview


I Live With You is a sophisticated collection of fierce, compassionate fiction marked by an absurdist sense of humor. A contemporary of Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, and Fay Weldon, Carol Emshwiller has been lauded for her originality and lyricism. These striking short stories skillfully explore themes of war, seduction, and censorship: An Eden emerges from the wreckage of burning books in “The Library,” “Boys” sets a weary general and his sons against a village of determined mothers, and “I Live With You ...
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Overview


I Live With You is a sophisticated collection of fierce, compassionate fiction marked by an absurdist sense of humor. A contemporary of Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, and Fay Weldon, Carol Emshwiller has been lauded for her originality and lyricism. These striking short stories skillfully explore themes of war, seduction, and censorship: An Eden emerges from the wreckage of burning books in “The Library,” “Boys” sets a weary general and his sons against a village of determined mothers, and “I Live With You (and You Don’t Know It)” brings a necessary chaos from an uninvited guest.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Deceptively simple, yet so powerful, so subtle, so disruptive as to blow our imaginations wide open."
Strange Horizons

“...Carol’s stories turn the corner into another dimension.”
—Harlan Ellison

“The woman is a genius, period.... You must, must, must not miss this collection.”
—Gwenda Bond

“Emshwiller consistently pokes holes through the fabrications of our lives and reminds me of the power literature has to change the way we think.”
Books to Watch Out For

“A collection that manages to remind us of great writers like George Saunders, Grace Paley, and Harlan Ellison all at once, although Emshwiller is a unique and wonderful writer in her own right.”
Time Out Chicago

“Compassion and a sly sense of humor shape the insight-filled fiction.... Lyrical and resonant....”
Publishers Weekly

“Her eye for detail and ear for poetry allow her to create compact fables that resonate beyond their immediate settings.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Emshwiller’s strange, often sad, and beautiful stories linger, unfolding long after reading them.”
Booklist

Newsday
[Emshwiller] revels in the sheer taste and sound of words . . . infuses them with an extraordinary vitality and sense of life.
The San Francisco Chronicle
Her eye for detail and ear for poetry allow her to create compact fables that resonate beyond their immediate settings.
Seattle Times
Wildy colorful, disturbingly funny, impossible to predict and undeniably transformative.
Booklist
"Emshwiller's strange, often sad, and beautiful stories linger, unfolding long after reading them."
Publishers Weekly
Compassion and a sly sense of humor shape the insight-filled fiction that makes up this collection from Hugo- and Nebula-winner Emshwiller (Report to the Men's Club). Skirting the border between fantasy and SF, the 12 stories, all published since 2002, feature broadly drawn characters and situations that give them the universality of fables. "Boys," one of several explorations of the theme of war, is narrated by a nameless young man who, like all boys his age, is snatched from his town by men to become a soldier. "The Library," "The Assassin or Being the Loved One" and "My General" all till the same ground, depicting men as instinctively drawn to war and women as inherently nurturing and forgiving of the boys they raise to become men. Emshwiller presents the intransigence of the sexes as both tragic and comic, especially in "Coo People" and other stories of love-smitten aliens seducing human lovers with wildly unpredictable results. Lyrical and resonant, these tales will appeal to lovers of fiction with a speculative edge. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892391254
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Carol Emshwiller is a key figure in science fiction’s new-wave movement and the author of Carmen Dog, The Mount, Mr. Boots, and The Secret City. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Pushcart Prize as well as the Philip K. Dick and Gallun awards. In 2005, she received the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement and the Nebula Award for “I Live With You,” the title story of her short-story collection.
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