Love Among the Particles
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Love Among the Particles

by Norman Lock
     
 

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A dark and marvelous journey from the Industrial Age through Hollywood’s Golden Age, into the Digital Age and beyond.See more details below

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A dark and marvelous journey from the Industrial Age through Hollywood’s Golden Age, into the Digital Age and beyond.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In his newest collection, surrealist storyteller Lock (Pieces for Small Orchestra & Other Fictions) ob-sesses over the dreamscape of the past, composing stories that are enticingly and enigmatically rele-vant for the present. Lock focuses on where the popular lore and the technological anxieties of the Gilded Age interweave: Edward Hyde's voice recorded on Edison's phonograph, the Mummy invited to California to oversee the technical details of a horror movie, a steward lost on ship laying the trans-atlantic cable. For a reader in the digital age, these moments may seem familiar: a crowd cheering the appearance of the director of railroads parallels our own pop culture adoration for pioneers in mobile technology. Although by the end Lock catches up to the 21st century, the majority of this collection seems an experiment to help him come to terms with the digital age, a motif he confronts in the final three narratives. Regardless of motive, these humorous, imaginative meditations on the nature of dreams, time, and space shimmer in their own darkness. There is some danger in Lock's prose as it nears ponderousness in its extreme patience, but reminiscent of the plays of Samuel Beckett, there is a wealth of insight here. (May)
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Praise for Love Among the Particles

Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year
Vol. 1 Brooklyn Favorite Book of the Year
Atlantic Wire Spring Book Preview Recommendation
Kirkus Reviews Best Book Out This Week

“A magnetic pull transcends the pages of [Love Among the Particles], making for a fully addictive collection.” —Slice magazine

“This fantastical collection of short stories is a joyous compendium of characters time-traveling through the annals of literary history—Mr. Hyde, Henry James, and Huckleberry Finn to name a few.” —Barnes and Noble Review

“Lock is a rapturous storyteller, and his tales are never less than engrossing.” —Kenyon Review

“Stories make their own realities, just as histories do, and Lock’s uniquely intricate understanding of this dynamic is what makes these tales so inimitable.” —Full Stop

“[Lock] is not engaged in either homage or pastiche but in an intense dialogue with a number of past writers about the process of writing, and the nature of fiction itself . . . taking a trope that seems familiar to readers of the weird but analysing it in the fiercest detail.” —Weird Fiction Review

“A masterpiece . . . deeply thought provoking, filled to the brim with wit, and imaginative beyond belief, Love Among the Particles is a book for all who have ever dreamed and long to do so again.” —Akashic Insider

“Norman Lock once again proves himself a master storyteller . . . These stories are brilliantly imaginative and wonderfully unsettling.” —Largehearted Boy

“Lock’s writing is beautiful, with clean, clear, perfect sentences . . . seducing the reader with language and narrative into a fully realized alternative world to say something new about our own. . . . Love Among the Particles is topical, astonishing and provocative . . . a masterful collection.” —Shelf Awareness for Readers (starred review)

“[Lock’s stories] are gems, rich in imagination and language. Readers will happily suspend disbelief, perhaps even finding particles of humor . . . And beyond the entertainment lie 21st-century conundrums: What really exists? Are we each, ultimately, alone and lonely? Where is technology taking humankind? For all their convolutions of space and time, these stories are remarkably easy to follow and savor.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Enticingly and enigmatically relevant for the present . . . these humorous, imaginative meditations on the nature of dreams, time, and space shimmer in their own darkness. . . . Reminiscent of the plays of Samuel Beckett, there is a wealth of insight here.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for Norman Lock

“Our finest modern fabulist.” —Bookslut

“[A] contemporary master of the form [and] virtuosic fabulist.” —Flavorwire

“One could spend forever worming through [Lock’s] magicked words, their worlds.” —Believer

“[Lock’s] window onto fiction [is] a welcome one: at once referential and playful, occupying a similar post-Borges space to the short stories of Stephen Millhauser and Neil Gaiman.” —Vol. 1 Brooklyn

“No other writer in recent memory, lives up to [Whitman’s] declaration that behind every book there is a hand reaching out to us, a hand to be held onto, a hand that has the power to touch us, to make us feel.” —Detroit Metro Times

“All hail Lock, whose narrative soul sings fairy tales, whose language is glass.” —KATE BERNHEIMER, editor of xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me and Fairy Tale Review

“[Lock] has an impressive ability to create a unique and original world.” —BRIAN EVENSON, author of Windeye and Immobility

Kirkus Reviews
A strange and engaging collection of short stories. In "The Monster in Winter," a writer gets the notion to take "notorious murderer" Edward Hyde, of Jekyll and Hyde infamy, on tour. The plan is for Hyde to talk of and perhaps re-enact some of his horrible deeds. "The Mummy's Bitter and Melancholy Exile" opens with a mummy being invited to speak on the radio in 1934, a long way from the stone deathbed in Egypt that is his comfort zone. Lock's stories stir time as though it were a soup where any of the ingredients might contact any other. Do time and space even matter? A train's brakeman has no idea where his train is going or if it will go on forever. Another train briefly appears alongside, carrying seemingly contented commuters from another dimension; soon, it turns away and disappears into the horizon. An ordinary middle-age man is transformed into a collection of sentient atoms, muons, leptons and the like. He can merge with other bodies, read other minds. He can climb onto a computer's motherboard and ride an electronic rail into the vast Internet and back again, since this is the digital age, and he is all data. Each of the 16 stories has a similar feel, even those in which the narrator has not literally gone to pieces. They are gems, rich in imagination and language. Readers will happily suspend disbelief, perhaps even finding particles of humor with the Museum of Steam's bottled steam that "rose, unbidden…with indecent intent with regard to a woman's knickers." And beyond the entertainment lie 21st-century conundrums: What really exists? Are we each, ultimately, alone and lonely? Where is technology taking humankind? For all their convolutions of space and time, these stories are remarkably easy to follow and savor.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934137659
Publisher:
Bellevue Literary Press
Publication date:
04/19/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
984,657
File size:
0 MB

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