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30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers Paperback – July 26, 2011
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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About the Author
Lily Hoang: Lily Hoang has published three novels: Changing (Fairy Tale Review Press, 2008), Parabola (Chiasmus, 2008), and The Evolutionary Revolution (Les Figues Press, 2010).
Top Customer Reviews
Edited by Blake Butler and Lily Hoang
The key is "innovative" and it really delivers on that end...the short stories that make up this collection bend all the rules, if not shattering them entirely. Metaphysical thought mixes with concrete metaphors, and the result feels inspired and youthful, even if it all doesn't make sense. Much of it went over my head, like hearing only the punch line of a joke and nodding amiably but cluelessly while everyone shrieks with laughter.
However, there is some dazzling writing here, and three I specifically want to mention, because they all lie outside the typical expectations about "good writing" may be. For one thing, the iconic story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men gets an experimental twist in "When Robin Hood Fell with An Arrow Through His Heart" by Todd Seabrook. The gang falls apart after Robin's death, not able to even kill themselves with their own arrows, despite trying. "The form starts to go when it hasn't been used," warns Seabrook. Having reached nearly the half-way point in the anthology, I couldn't help but think Seabrook was commenting on the very lack of variety and inventiveness in other forms of writing today, suggesting its "form" has already started to go from lack of innovation.
Joshua Cohen proves himself the master of killer lines in his part of the anthology, with seven short pieces all made visual and distinct with tight and compact wording. "On Location" delivers the line "It is a common problem in our cities today -- When you don't know you're in a movie that you're in.Read more ›