Love is Strange: Stories of Postmodern Romance

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These diverse and original and sometimes thoroughly outrageous talents present love stories that range from the tender to the abrasive, the sunny to the darkly sexual, the poignant to the savagely ironic. Love is Strange proves that an era of safe sex can still produce dangerous and exhilarating art about the universal experience of romance.
What is this thing called love? And where has it gone in contemporary fiction? Do “serious” young writers still attempt love stories? If ...

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Overview

These diverse and original and sometimes thoroughly outrageous talents present love stories that range from the tender to the abrasive, the sunny to the darkly sexual, the poignant to the savagely ironic. Love is Strange proves that an era of safe sex can still produce dangerous and exhilarating art about the universal experience of romance.
What is this thing called love? And where has it gone in contemporary fiction? Do “serious” young writers still attempt love stories? If they do, are the tales they tell drenched in cynicism or tenderness? Is modern love about intimacy, or desire, or obsession, or simple hard-edged attitude? Or all of the above? Love is Strange answers these questions by collecting work from sixteen writers who prowl the edges of human experience and literary form to evoke the landscape of American love from deepest downtown New York and decadent California to politically correct campuses and surreal suburbia.

What is this thing called love? And where has it gone in contemporary fiction? Love Is Strange answers these questions by collecting work from 15 writers who prowl the edges of human experience and literary form to evoke the landscape of American love.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These 16 stories (some previously published in magazines and other collections) are not your ordinary love stories: they include a woman attracted to her friend's 14-year-old son and a boy in love with his sister's Barbie doll. Particularly strong selections are Lynn McFall's story of jealous love set to melancholy country tunes from a jukebox; David B. Feinberg's world-weary tale of the breakup of two gay New York City hipsters; and Patrick McGrath's exploration of a love affair during the abdication of King Edward VIII. David Wojnarowicz provides a chilling account of a young hustler searching for some scraps of comfort. The collection starts unevenly but builds to a vigorous finish with compelling stories by Rose and Texier ( Love Me Tender ), who co-edited the fiction magazine Between C and D. The settings vary from urban to rural but the stories are always carefully balanced between imagination and reality. These writers don't hesitate to look at the darker side of love, and so the collection is imbued with the presence of violence and a sense of bewilderment at both the pain and pleasure of love. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393309652
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/17/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Rose is the author of Kill the Poor, Kill Kill Faster Faster, and New York Sawed in Half. He founded the literary magazine Between C&D and lives in New York City and on the Jersey shore.

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