Romance Erector

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Famous for her works of "flash fiction" which capture life, love, and contradiction in a single page, Diane Williams continues to forge her own innovative tradition in this new collection. Including over three dozen short stories along with three novellas, Romancer Erector is her boldest collection to date. Here she once again astonishes us with her distinctive voice, detached yet fiercely intimate. As one critic writes: "the effect is original, as if a strange little memory has insinuated itself into the ...

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Overview

Famous for her works of "flash fiction" which capture life, love, and contradiction in a single page, Diane Williams continues to forge her own innovative tradition in this new collection. Including over three dozen short stories along with three novellas, Romancer Erector is her boldest collection to date. Here she once again astonishes us with her distinctive voice, detached yet fiercely intimate. As one critic writes: "the effect is original, as if a strange little memory has insinuated itself into the reader's own memory, to remain there...incapable of assimilation." Like intricately wrapped gifts, these tales deliver the hidden, the haunted, the charms, the bell, the mansions inside of the human heart.

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"Diane Williams is one of the true living heroes of the American avant-garde. Her fiction makes very familiar things very, very weird." -- Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections

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At first glance something between a child's primer and a collection of tales from the asylum, Williams's latest (The Stupefaction, 1996, etc.) builds on her reputation as the foremost advocate of "flash fiction" with 39 quick and nimble stories and 3 novellas, offering everything from body parts to loaded questions. "May I please rape you?" ends the story "Tony," although it's not quite clear who's asking. In "Is It Possible to Imagine a More Perfect Thing," the setting is more familial, but no less strange: "My hat is better than my mother's shoes, yet her shoes are better than these socks. My hands are better than her wristwatch." The endless possibilities of love and copulation occupy considerable space throughout, from the quietly domestic "The missus at the foot of my chair reclines and she opens her legs so I will pet her," in "It Can Take Years to Remain," to a more sustained view of illicit engagement in the title novella, where, in a city by the River Urine, the Musgrave family hosts a rather randy guest who covets the boys and services the father, but not without a splash of wit: "He passes himself to me, under my gown, internally and so forth, and when my bladder's neck is unavoidably compressed, I feel desire." So it goes-a quip here, a chilling remark there, but the depictions are uniformly of life on the edge, where meaning crumbles and angels fear to tread.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564783127
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: American Literature Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,143,107
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Williams is the author of three previous books, including This Is About The Body, The Mind, The Soul, The World, Time And Fate; Some Sexual Success Stories Plus Other Stories In Which God Might Choose To Appear, and The Stupefaction. Selected stories from these earlier works are collected in Excitability. Co-editor for Story Quarterly for eleven years, Williams founded and is the editor of the new literary annual Noon.

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