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Fat Girl, Terrestrial: A Novel Paperback – September 4, 2012
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
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Wallis Armstrong, woman giant extraordinaire, creates miniature reproductions of crime scenes for a living and longs to shrink her own body down to such minuscule proportions. Wallis may be a Goliath in a standardized world, but her little brother, Obie, believes she is God and worships her with patience, love, and adoration. Then Obie becomes the latest victim in a string of child disappearances from their hometown, Kingdom Come, Kansas, and Wallis begins a life of solving crimes in miniature. Far from a mere mystery, though, Wells’ second novel (after Skin, 2006) is a fractured narrative, set partly in the present and partly in flashbacks, that gives way to surreal retellings of a wide range of faith traditions and asks relevant questions about the nature of religion and belief. The prose is elegant, employing elements of the absurd and of wordplay reminiscent of the work of Georges Perec (W; or, The Memory of Childhood, 1988). Reverent in its irreverence, Fat Girl, Terrestrial is a conversation about God and religion that invites careful reading and serious consideration. --Cortney Ophoff
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"The sun is a mouth rounded in terror."
"The world is an abbatoir, and we all await the final hook we will hang from."
"You can't ask the night to stop falling once the sun slips from its perch."
"One thing that comes from reducing the world is that you uncover all the smallnesses that skitter about in the dank culverts of the human heart, get to look into the yellow eyes of those gluttonous rats that gnaw on the endless store of human disappointment and loneliness. I was always on the hunt for a soul smaller than my own."
Wells is a master at bringing the cosmos in through the looking glass of her creations. WOW! I would give this as many stars as I can see out here in the desert tonight and that's a damn lot of light! Get it!
Going into any FC2 bit is about like jumping down the rabbit hole; I know it's going to be different (see FC2's motto), and I'm not sure how much plot will be a factor versus other forms of storytelling. Well's novel begins with quite a bit of emphasis on plot and goes off into many tributaries of stories from there....
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