The Story until Now: A Great Big Book of Stories

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Called “one of our brightest cultural commentators” by Publishers Weekly, Kit Reed draws from life—with a difference. This new collection brings together thirty-four of her strong, original stories, from early classics like “The Wait” and “Winter” to six never-before-collected short stories, including “The Legend of Troop 13” and “Wherein We Enter the Museum.” An early favorite, “Automatic Tiger,” is the first in a series of Reed’s stories about animals. There’s a monkey who grinds out bestsellers with the help ...
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Overview

Called “one of our brightest cultural commentators” by Publishers Weekly, Kit Reed draws from life—with a difference. This new collection brings together thirty-four of her strong, original stories, from early classics like “The Wait” and “Winter” to six never-before-collected short stories, including “The Legend of Troop 13” and “Wherein We Enter the Museum.” An early favorite, “Automatic Tiger,” is the first in a series of Reed’s stories about animals. There’s a monkey who grinds out bestsellers with the help of a “creative writing” app. Her uncanny black dog can enter a crowded room and sit down at the feet of the next man to die. Her characters confront war in various arenas: mother/daughter battles, the war of the sexes, the struggles of men scarred by war. Kit Reed’s self-described “transgenred” fiction is confirmation of an “extraordinary talent” (The Financial Times). The range and complexity of her work speaks for itself in The Story Until Now.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Chelsea Cain
[Reed's] stories are sharp, transgressive and full of the unexpected, with enough keen social observations to launch a thousand dissertations…From her novels to her stories…Reed finds humanity in the most fantastic places. She does it without pretension. And she does it with a sense of humor and no apologies.
Publishers Weekly
The prolific Reed (What Wolves Know) has been a significant figure in speculative fiction and literature for over 50 years. This impressive tome collects 34 of her short works, including six previously unpublished stories and others gathered from across the expanse of her career. Reed appears to have an essential dissatisfaction with the world, but the manner in which she expresses it varies greatly from story to story: claustrophobic generational paranoia in “Denny,” absurdist humor in “The Attack of the Giant Baby,” melancholy survivor’s guilt in “In the Squalus,” and smirkingly betrayed revolutionary ideals in “Songs of War.” Reed’s fiction shows a remarkable consistency of quality; her prose is carefully shaped, with the clarity of diamonds. Often dark but always worth reading, this collection is a must-have for both those new to Reed and those who have been following her work for decades. Agent: John Silbersack, Trident Media Group. (Mar.)
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“The Story Until Now provides many, many hours of thought provocation and pleasure, but Reed’s greatest contributions to American letters might be her willingness and ability to storm the gates and break down the barriers that prevent science fiction and fantasy from getting the critical attention it so richly deserves.”—Andrew Ervin, Miami Herald

“Her stories are sharp, transgressive and full of the unexpected, with enough keen social observations to launch a thousand dissertations.”—Chelsea Cain, New York Times Book Review

“The Story Until Now' unleashes new and classic stories fired by a radiant imagination.”—Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair

“The title of Kit Reed's selection of her own short stories, ‘The Story Until Now’, reminds us that although she has been writing award-winning fiction for some 50 years, she's still accelerating. The scope of these 35 stories is immense, their variety unmatched. … Her fictions are layered, their hearts revealed retrospectively.”—Tom Shippey, Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819573490
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2013
  • Pages: 468
  • Sales rank: 997,409
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

KIT REED’s novels include The Baby Merchant and Thinner Than Thou, which won an ALA Alex Award. Her newest is Son of Destruction. Often anthologized, her short stories have been nominated for the Nebula, the World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson awards and the Tiptree Prize. A Guggenheim fellow and the first American recipient of a literary grant from the Abraham Woursell Foundation, she is the resident writer at Wesleyan University.

Praise for Kit Reed
“These stories shine with the incisive edginess of brilliant cartoons.”—The New York Times Book Review (about Weird Women, Wired Women)

“Reed has a prose style that’s pure dry ice, displayed in dystopian stories that specialize in bitterness and dislocation."—The New York Times Book Review (about Dogs of Truth)

“She is the SF writer par excellence of the war between the generations . . . Kit Reed frees us as we read her.”—John Clute, Science Fiction Weekly (about Weird Women, Wired Women)

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Table of Contents

Scoping the Exits: The Short Fiction of Kit Reed - Gary K. Wolfe
Denny
The Attack of the Giant Baby
What Wolves Know
Automatic Tiger
Wherein We Enter the Museum
High Rise High
Piggy
Song of the Black Dog
Weston Walks
How It Works
Precautions
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Family Bed
The Singing Marine
In the Squalus
Perpetua
Pilots of the Purple Twilight
Sisohpromatem
On the Penal Colony
The Food Farm
In Behalf of the Product
Songs of War
Winter
The Weremother
Voyager
Old Soldiers
Incursions
The Bride of Bigfoot
The Zombie Prince
Grand Opening
Special
Monkey Do
The Outside Event
The Legend of Troop 13
The Wait
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