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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC; First edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877655597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877655593
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,067,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Queen of Gonzo What (Olympic Games) drags love out of its gooey, schmaltzy rut and takes it for a joyride in this exuberant collection of 17 stories. Finger Talk is a poignant take on unwanted pregnancy and cavalier men. Babies gives a Kafkaesque touch to a pregnancy that may or may not have been affected by pesticides during the first trimester. All My Children asks whether the provider of a sperm sample is legally responsible for the children that come from its use—and if he is, how does he pay for 10,000 college tuition fees? The 1999 Nebula-winning The Cost of Doing Business posits possibly the most incredible premise in the book: a love for others that is completely selfless and nonjudgmental. No matter how brief or long, no matter how bizarre, each tale in this collection grabs readers and demands they rethink how they see all the myriad forms of love. (July)
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*Starred Review* An ace at the new weirdness defined by the anthology Feeling Very Strange (2006), What uses it to be creepy, polemical, and funny, all at once or in various blendings. These 17 stories progress from grim to laugh-out-loud ludicrous without ever derogating their common subject, love, though they do depict it as fairly insane. The opening stories, “Finger Talk” and “Babies,” feature women in abusive relationships they don’t want to change; that one is trapped in a gorilla suit and the other is, unbeknownst to hubby, carrying sextuplets leavens their dire circumstances some, but enough? “The Cost of Doing Business” is about a professional victim, whose clients must be able to afford her subsequent hospitalizations and quite adequate comfort between jobs. Things lighten up through the predicaments of a man who masturbated for science when 18 and at 49 discovers he has thousands of offspring, a man who realizes that work doesn’t proliferate during vacation without cause, a nauseating senior who expects familial love although he intends to live forever, and others, until at last there is the hermit researcher’s tale, from which we learn, through a vale of our own tears of laughter, why there are always hermits. Love is why, of course. Crazy! --Ray Olson

More About the Author

Leslie What is an Oregon writer, writing teacher, and editor. She received a Nebula Award for short story and is the author of the story collection, "Crazy Love" (Wordcraft of Oregon), a finalist for the 2009 Oregon Book Award for fiction. Her writing has been published in numerous anthologies, including "Witpunk", "Bending the Landscape", "Logorrhea", "Interfictions", "The Mammoth book of Tales from the Road", "Best New Horror", and in journals, including "Lilith", "Calyx", "The Los Angeles Review", "Asimov's", "Parabola", "Midstream", "Utne Reader", and "True Love".

"Crazy Love" received PW and Booklist starred reviews, and was listed by Booklist as one of the Top Ten SF Books of 2008. The story collection also won a gold medal in the Next Generation Indie Awards.

Leslie is the fiction editor of the journal "Phantom Drift: New Fabulism" and nonfiction co-editor with R.A. Rycraft of "Winter Tales: Women on the Art of Aging" from Servinghouse Books. She has been a nurse and caregiver and has sat on the boards of directors for Hadassah, The Clarion Foundation, and the Young Writers Association.

She admires transgressive characters in literature and admits to feeling wrongful pride that her Parson Russel Terrier was banished from doggy daycare for tyrannizing the Rotties.

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This is a wonderful book. Here's what Booklist said in a starred review.

An ace at the new weirdness defined by the anthology Feeling Very Strange (2006), What uses it to be creepy, polemical, and funny, all at once or in various blendings. These 17 stories progress from grim to laugh-out-loud ludicrous without ever derogating their common subject, love, though they do depict it as fairly insane. The opening stories, "Finger Talk" and "Babies," feature women in abusive relationships they don't want to change; that one is trapped in a gorilla suit and the other is, unbeknownst to hubby, carrying sextuplets leavens their dire circumstances some, but enough? "The Cost of Doing Business" is about a professional victim, whose clients must be able to afford her subsequent hospitalizations and quite adequate comfort between jobs. Things lighten up through the predicaments of a man who masturbated for science when 18 and at 49 discovers he has thousands of offspring, a man who realizes that work doesn't proliferate during vacation without cause, a nauseating senior who expects familial love although he intends to live forever, and others, until at last there is the hermit researcher's tale, from which we learn, through a vale of our own tears of laughter, why there are always hermits. Love is why, of course. Crazy!

Ray Olson ~ Booklist starred review
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By Eilonwy on July 2, 2008
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A "slim volume," Kate Wilhelm calls this in the introduction, but you could have fooled me. Its 195 pages are packed with stories that range from touching to unsettling, haunting to quirky; seventeen stories that keep you not only entertained, but thinking. What's narratives drive ahead, make you continue to read and guess. They are disturbing, funny, and very very brave.
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