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Product Details

  • Series: Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803236441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803236448
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,672,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mr. Hrbek's writing is often lovely and sparse—almost poetic."—Michael Adelberg, New York Journal of Books
(Michael Adelberg New York Journal of Books 2011-09-01)

"Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, Hrbek's first collection subtly and masterfully merges the everyday and the mythic, poetic, futuristic, and seemingly impossible."—Jonathan Fullmer, Booklist
(Jonathan Fullmer Booklist 2011-09-01)

"Hrbek . . . is a master at voices. He brings the reader into the universe of his troubled characters, whose imagined "monsters" and elaborate constructions of reality may not be so different from one's own. He is a writer to watch."—Sue Russell, Library Journal
(Sue Russell Library Journal)

"Hrbek's writing is crisp and often lyrical, and these stories complement each other nicely. . . . Destroy All Monsters is most definitely worth the read."—Necessary Fiction Blog
(Necessary Fiction Blog 2012-02-06)

"Reading Destroy All Monsters is an eye-opening experience about human beings, especially parents and children. Despite odd creatures and curiosities, the reader must find deeper meanings and locate the monsters to confront who or what they are exactly."—Joshua Myers, Curled Up with a Good Book
(Joshua Myers Curled Up with a Good Book 2012-03-23)

“Each story in this spellbinding collection hovers on the threshold of the impossible, the place where our most basic fears and desires as mothers and fathers and children get turned into something so new and startling the sight of it can change you forever. These are dark stories, but at the heart of their darkness there is perfect, irresistible radiance.” —Kathryn Davis, author of The Thin Place
(Kathryn Davis 2011-03-01)

About the Author

Greg Hrbek is the author of The Hindenburg Crashes Nightly, which won the James Jones First Novel Award. His short stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Conjunctions, and Black Warrior Review and have been short-listed for the O. Henry Prize and the Bridport Prize. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Greg Hrbek is an amazing writer. This compilation of short stories, all dealing with themes of love, loss and death, are an amazing assembly of the range of human emotion. "Sagittarius" is a beautiful story about parental love and the depth of feeling we have for our children. "Tomorrow People" is a tale of two countries torn apart by war and two very different boys who are joined together by common losses. "False Positive" introduces the conflict of a father-to-be who is haunted (quite literally) by a guilty secret. "Green World" takes us into the mind and heart of a 13-year-old who is in prison for commiting a heinous crime. "Destroy All Monsters" concentrates on a group of people thrown together for a common cause, and the thread that tenuously holds them together, a thread of loss, war and pain. In "Sleeper Wave" we meet a man who is in the midst of an early mid-life crisis, resenting the staid life he's been led unwillingly into. "The Cliffs at Marpi" takes us to the Allied-occupied WWII Japanese Islands, where a young mother has made a pact with her soldier husband, and is determined to carry out an act many would deem insane. "" re-introduces a character from a previous story, albeit posthumously, and the effect this character has had on the lives of one family. "General Grant (2004-)" deals with familial conflict and desperate love and loss. "Bereavement" is a haunting story of a family torn apart by tragedy, but given an opportunity at renewal.

The stories in this book all resonated with me, especially "The Cliffs at Marpi" and "Tomorrow People". These two stories stayed with me long after I had closed the pages of the books, and I found myself wondering what certain characters in each story would be like now, or would be doing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue on October 24, 2011
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These stories are wonderful! Sagittarius and Tomorrow People are my favorites !) False Positive is the most haunting. These stories are not light reading; but they are definitely re-readers! They linger. They make me think and reflect. Thank you, Greg!
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