No Animals We Could Name by Ted Sanders
The winner of the Bakeless Prize for Fiction, a bold debut collection
The animals (human or otherwise) in Ted Sanders's inventive, wistful stories are oddly familiar, yet unlike anyone you've met before. A lion made of bedsheets, with chicken bones for teeth, is brought to life by a grieving mother. When Raphael the pet lizard mysteriously loses his tail, his owners find themselves ever more desperate to keep him alive, in one sense or another. A pensive tug-of-war between an amateur angler and a halibut unfolds through the eyes of both fisherman and fish. And in the collection's unifying novella, an unusual guest's arrival at a party sets idle gears turning in startling new ways.
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About the Author
Ted Sanders teaches at the University of Illinois and Parkland College in Urbana-Champaign. His stories have appeared in the Georgia Review and the O. Henry Prize Stories 2010, among other places.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Over-hyped, overblown, underdeveloped... Etc. I have a real problem with collections like this one, and it doesn't seem like things will change any time soon.
These stories are beautiful, haunting, challenging--a must-read for short story lovers.