Museum of the Weird

Museum of the Weird

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by Amelia Gray
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1573661562

ISBN-13: 2901573661569

Pub. Date: 11/28/2010

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Winner of FC2’s American Book Review/Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize

A monogrammed cube appears in your town. Your landlord cheats you out of first place in the annual Christmas decorating contest. You need to learn how to love and care for your mate—a paring knife. These situations and more reveal the wondrous play and surreal

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Winner of FC2’s American Book Review/Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize

A monogrammed cube appears in your town. Your landlord cheats you out of first place in the annual Christmas decorating contest. You need to learn how to love and care for your mate—a paring knife. These situations and more reveal the wondrous play and surreal humor that make up the stories in Amelia Gray’s stunning collection of stories: Museum of the Weird.

Acerbic wit and luminous prose mark these shorts, while sickness and death lurk amidst the humor. Characters find their footing in these bizarre scenarios and manage to fall into redemption and rebirth. Museum of the Weirdinvites you into its hallways, then beguiles, bewitches, and reveals a writer who has discovered a manner of storytelling all her own.

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ISBN-13:
2901573661569
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/2010
Edition description:
NE

Table of Contents

Contents

Babies....................11
Waste....................13
Unsolved Mystery....................23
Dinner....................27
A Javelina Story....................31
The Darkness....................35
The Cottage Cheese Diet....................39
Death of a Beast....................41
Thoughts While Strolling....................45
Trip Advisory: The Boyhood Home of Former President Ronald Reagan....................55
Code of Operation: Snake Farm....................59
The Tortoise and the Hare....................63
Fish....................67
There Will Be Sense....................79
Diary of the Blockage....................93
The Cube....................107
Love, Mortar....................111
This Quiet Complex....................115
Vultures....................119
The Pit....................131
The Picture Window....................149
The Vanished....................153
The Suitcase....................157
The Movement....................165

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Author_RichardThomas More than 1 year ago
When Museum of the Weird came out (winner of the FC2s American Book Review/Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize) I knew I had to pick it up. Several of the stories I had read before, so it was like hooking up with an old friend, albeit a friend that likes to saw off her own toes to make a stew, the idea of eating human tongues sauteed in buttermilk not quite enough to satisfy her cannibalistic foodie needs. The collection is indeed a grouping of curiosities, but instead of a cabinet, these are human lives we're looking at, peering in the bars at the monkey house, unsure of what manner of horror or surreal juxtaposition will happen next.