by Rafaela Weissman

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Monsters is the story of a family falling apart as they struggle to care for each other under the weight of fear. Every evening, Annie and Paul Mayfield and their son Thomas sit together in the seething silence of their Brooklyn apartment, still haunted by the memory of the attack on the Twin Towers a year earlier. The nights are plagued by Thomas’s vivid nightmares, Annie’s unexplained sleepwalking, and Paul’s growing paranoia as he fears the deadly implications of their disquiet. At eight years old, Thomas is eerily serious, and precocious to the point of premature adulthood. He also lives in fear— of his parents’ unexplained behavior, the monsters he imagines are hiding everywhere and can take on any form, and the uncertain world he inhabits in his own room.

Peter Mountford, author of A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism and The Dismal Science, calls Monsters "haunting and beguiling." As frank and painful as a family dinner, it's a relentless portrait of three people on the brink of quiet chaos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911586753
Publisher: Unbound
Publication date: 12/12/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Originally from Woodstock, New York, Raphaela Weissman studied French and creative writing at New York University and in Paris. Monsters is her first novel, and her fiction and nonfiction work has been published in Magazine, New York PressBookslutGallatin Review, GeekWire, Publishers Weekly and the Euphony Journal. She has worked as a literacy teacher, a campaign fundraiser, a community organizer, a tech sector drone, an amateur comedian, a bankruptcy specialist, a salesperson, and a video transcriber for various reality TV programming. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her three beautiful plants.

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