- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: So New; 1st edition (July 27, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977815137
- ISBN-13: 978-0977815135
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 4.7 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,087,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jen Michalski's work has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Hobart Pulp, The Sommerset Review and many others. She lives in Baltimore.
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That being said, I LOVED Jen's collection! Most of the stories brought up new ideas I haven't read before, and as a person with 2 graduate degrees in short fiction writing, I've read A LOT. There were some stories that had familiar concepts, but I kept thinking of the infamous Ezra Pound's "make it new." Not one story felt easy, trivial, like a stereotype, or boring. I'm so excited to read more of her work (look for her new collection from Dzanc early 2013).
One interesting aspect, which I haven't seen before (maybe others have?), was the author's note; Jen describes her intentions with these stories (which also better explains the "out of this world" title). It reminded me of a poetry reading. Poets explain what their ideas were for a poem and then read it and I respond much better. This is also the reason I don't read a lot of poetry (a lot of it doesn't make sense without that background information). However, that wasn't the case here; the author's note added to the collection, providing a lens through which I could read the stories, but it didn't tell me HOW to read the stories. I would have made my own deductions without it, but I loved the heads up so I could get a richer experience on my first read.
I don't want to say much more, as many of these stories contain small surprises as the plot develops and reveals more information. You'll have to read them yourself.
Jen Michalski is an exceptional writer and her first book is a literary feast.