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How They Were Found - Matt Bell
How They Were Found
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Includes the story “Dredge,” a Best American Mystery Stories selection, and the story “His Last Great Gift,” a Best American Short Stories Distinguished Story of 2009In his debut collection How They Were Found, Matt Bell draws from a wide range of genres to create stories that are both formally... show more
Includes the story “Dredge,” a Best American Mystery Stories selection, and the story “His Last Great Gift,” a Best American Short Stories Distinguished Story of 2009In his debut collection How They Were Found, Matt Bell draws from a wide range of genres to create stories that are both formally innovative and imaginatively rich. In one, a nineteenth-century minister follows ghostly instructions to build a mechanical messiah. In another, a tyrannical army commander watches his apocalyptic command slip away as the memories of his men begin to fade and fail. Elsewhere, murders are indexed, new worlds are mapped, fairy tales are fractured and retold and then fractured again. Throughout these thirteen stories, Bell’s careful prose burrows at the foundations of his characters’ lives until they topple over, then painstakingly pores over the wreckage for what rubbled humanity might yet remain to be found.
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B00CSCNM4Y
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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To Read Is to Fly
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This is a fantastic collection of short stories. Matt Bell shows a great deal of range in styles and settings -- from the OuLiPo influenced "An Index of How Our Family Was Killed," to the extended and subdued horror of "The Receiving Tower," from the fantastically rearranged story of Red Riding Hood...
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