Fiction. "Amina Cain is a beautiful writer. Like the girl in the rear view mirror in your backseat, quiet, looking out the window half smiling, then not, then glancing at you, curious to her. That is how her thoughts and words make me feel, like clouds hanging with jets, and knowing love is pure."—Thurston Moore
"To be among Amina Cain's creatures is to stand in the presence of what is mysterious, expansive, and alive. Whether these distinctly female characters are falling in and out of uncanny intimacies, speaking from the hidden realms of the unconscious, seeking self-knowledge, or becoming visible in all their candor and strangeness, they move through a universe shaped by the gravitational pull of elusive yet resilient forces-the yin-dark energies of instinct and feeling that animate creative life. It's here that the intuitive reach of fiction meets the reader's own quest for understanding, through the subtle beauty of living the truth of one's experiences in the most attentive and unadorned way possible."—Pamela Lu
|Publisher:||Dorothy, a publishing project|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Amina Cain writes stories that revolve quietly around human relationality, landscape, and emptiness. She is also a curator and a teacher of writing/literature. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as 3rd Bed, DENVER QUARTERLY, La Petite Zine, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA PROJECT, and Action, Yes. She is the author of I GO TO SOME HOLLOW (Les Figues Press, 2009) and CREATURE (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2013). She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Creature This was an interesting book, but a bit confusing. I liked the fact that these stories were about everyday life, rather than overly-dramatized or sensationalized, as too many short stories are today. But I found some of the characters’ statements confusing. As someone who normally reads at least 100 books a year, I can honestly say I haven’t ever read anything like these stories, except in a handful of books about the mentally ill. I continuously found myself wondering if the characters or even the author, were mentally ill. There were continued, unorthodox comments such as “I want to see myself here” when a character was in a library, “To be among a crowd hurts me (p. 41),” “I will feel something I don’t actually feel (p. 41),” and “Do you think it’s reality? Yes, it’s real.” If someone said these things in real life, I believe most of us would encourage them to seek therapy. If the characters are supposed to have a mental illness, it would be helpful to tell the readers that from the outset. Having said that, it was quite a treat, to read a book about people who are fellow bibliophiles. I wish more authors would do that!