From a New York City tenement in the early 1900s to vampire make-up sex in present-day Philadelphia, the stories in Death, Madness and a Mess of Dogs use sly humor and memorable characters to weave quirky explorations of love, loss and redemption. Written primarily in the year following her mother's death, Frances Grote's first short story collection is full of audacious humor and a keenly inventive vision. Families, frenemies and a unique assortment of lovers bring the reader universal truths about relationships in unexpected and fresh ways.
|Publisher:||Rule Bender Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Frances Grote has written a wonderfully eclectic collection of stories stuffed with humor and pathos. The stories are told in distinct voices - an autistic boy, grieving widower, an ex-con, even inanimate objects - and are set in time periods that span the early part of the twentieth century to the not too distant future and on into the hereafter. The reader senses early on that something is just not quite right about the narrator. Specifically what they may be is unspooled in delicious dialogue and intriguing backstory until the ending hits you squarely in the gut. Even those stories full of misdirection resolve delightfully. Grote is a master of voice and place this reader highly recommends this book.