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Demons in the Spring Hardcover – November 15, 2008
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Starred Review. Spanning worlds, generations, cultures and environments, each of Meno's short stories in this stellar collection explores depression, loneliness and insanity in the world, while never quite offering a clear solution or glimmer of hope. Misery loves company, and Meno's assortment of off-center, morose characters fit seamlessly together. Even with their almost kitschy specificity, stories such as I Want the Quiet Moments of a Party Girl and Art School Is Boring So never become pretentious or unnecessarily complex. Meno plays with supernatural elements throughout the collection, and his risky moves—such as having a protagonist turn into a cloud in People Are Becoming Clouds or a woman whose insides are overrun by a miniature city in Airports of Light—always pay off. Each story is illustrated by a different artist, from Schizo series cartoonist Ivan Brunetti to the husband and wife duo kozyndan, known for their depictions of modern cityscapes. Catering to all the odd men out in the world, this short story collection succeeds word to word, sentence to sentence, and cover to cover. (Aug.)
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Author Meno, with five novels and one previous short story collection under his belt, shows his mastery of the short form with his 20 latest tales of whimsy and loss. Meno’s best stories fuse together postmodern ideas with subjects that have concerned literature through the ages, such as love, heartbreak, death, and malaise. A police officer who has lost all connection to his wife and kids confronts a menacing black hole that is swallowing his city. A lonely widower finds comfort and distraction in his new pet, a tiny elephant that can detect death. And a girl—deeply in love—discovers she is dying from the mysterious construction of a miniature city inside of her chest cavity. The pinnacle of this collection, however, is a sad story about two brothers that incorporates the real life history of Ted Kaczynski—the Unabomber. Intriguing and eccentric, Meno’s stories never distract with their surreal flights of fancy but instead draw the reader in deeper to their magical reconfiguration of the modern world. Twenty different graphic artists provide idiosyncratic illustrations that perfectly complement this daring collection. --Jerry Eberle
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Each short story is well developed and has the same amount of heart (if not more) as his longer works (which significantly influenced how much pleasure I took in reading them). The stories are rich and light at the same time, and even more importantly, each is vastly different, showing just how far Meno has stretched his imagination and ours as the reader. One story is even about a miniature elephant! Meno continues to perfect his ability to break and mend my heart in the same instance. A few of the stories left me wiping tears from my face before I could continue to the next one. I cannot express enough how much appreciation, admiration, and love I have for Joe Meno's writing. His intensely direct and spacious style may not be for everyone, but if your heart needs touched and your imagination needs hugged in a new way, don't hesitate to read this book.