Winner of the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award
These are the best Americans, the worst Americans. In these stories (these cities, these people) there are labyrinths, rivers, wildernesses. Voices sound slightly different than expected. There's humor, but it's going to hurt.
In "On Paradise," a petshop manager flies with his cat to Las Vegas to meet his long-lost mother and grandmother, only to find that the women look exactly like they did forty years before. In "The Spooky Japanese Girl is There For You," the spooky Japanese girl (a ghost) is there for you, then she is not.
These refreshing and invigorating stories of displacement, exile, and identity, of men who find themselves confused by the presence or absence of extraordinary women, jump up, demand to be read, and send the reader back to the earth changed: reminded from these short stories how big the world is.
|Publisher:||Small Beer Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Juan Martinez’s stories have been published in McSweeney’s, Glimmer Train, Conjunctions, Huizache, Ecotone, TriQuarterly, and broadcast on Selected Shorts. He lives in Chicago with his family and is an assistant professor of English at Northwestern University. His website is fulmerford.com.
Table of Contents
Strangers on Vacation: Snapshots 11
Machulín In L.A. 13
On Paradise 27
Domokun in Fremont 39
The Women Who Talk To Themselves 47
Customer Service at the Karaoke Don Quixote 51
Your Significant Other's Kitten Poster 53
Well Tended 57
Souvenirs from Ganymede 73
The Coca-Cola Executive in the Zapatoca Outhouse 83
Correspondences between the Lower World and Old Men in Pinstripe Suits 97
The Lead Singer Is Distracting Me 107
Liner Notes for Renegade, the Opening Sequence 121
My Sister's Knees 137
The Spooky Japanese Girl Is There For You 147
Big Wheel, Boiling Hot 149
After the End of the World: A Capsule Review 161
Forsaken, the Crew Awaited News from the People Below 181
Best Worst American 197