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If a Stranger Approaches You: Stories Paperback – March 5, 2013
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Kasischke’s collection of stories, many previously published in literary magazines, spans the gamut between whip-thin and abstract to novella-length and aching, filled in between with the strange and unexpected and sometimes extraordinary. Opening with an eerie bang,“Mona” begins as a seemingly mild exercise in depicting a mother-daughter relationship and ends with the sort of creeped-out reaction one might have at a particularly disturbing horror flick. “Somebody’s Mistress, Somebody’s Wife” seems like a relatively benign telling of an ended love affair until the plot takes a decidedly bizarre turn. In the breath-catchingly cruel “You’re Going to Die,” a family relationship is corralled in just a few devastating word choices. “If a Stranger Approaches You about Carrying a Foreign Object with You onto the Plane” supposes a plausible event, interjects a chance happening that pushes the plot trajectory off course, then serves a dangling ending left to the reader to pick up. The stories are all connected by their disconnection and dissonance, and the unsettling yet ultimately arresting mash-up of styles defies simple definition. --Julie Trevelyan
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"In Kasischke's moody first collection of stories (after eight novels and eight poetry collections, including the NBCC Award-winning Space in Chains), characters are ill equipped to handle anger and fear, and they find their old refuges lacking.... The disruption of families and neighborhoods is a particular theme, with the real-life dangers of poverty and foreclosure intertwining with unreal details and true-crime plots.... Noxious, unforgettable narrative.... A slim but winning collection."
"Laura Kasischke's first collection of stories, If a Stranger Approaches You, describes a world haunted, not by the undead, but by the phantoms of unemployment, increased airport security and missed credit card payments. The signature confluence between realism and the uncanny found in much of Kasischke's writing, both as poet and novelist, makes this book an important addition to her own body of work and to the contemporary literature of end times . Not even the unspeakable escapes Kasischke's eye."
"Throughout her alarming and gorgeous collection of 15 short stories, If a Stranger Approaches You, Kasischke artfully plays with the line that divides private fantasy from public acts."
"In Kasischke's book, unsettling encounters occur in both familiar places--airports, suburban neighborhoods--and in surreal locations. In "Our Father," children camouflage their father in gray rags on a gray couch in case "Officials" look for him during "the War." But what war? Where? The many successful stories.... are masterfully told... Though unsettling, this debut story collection makes gripping reading."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Laura brings that same artistry to her short stories. You can hear Laura as poet in a handful of stories that are so short that they read much like prose poems. What I enjoyed most, though, is how Laura's poetic voice shapes the much longer stories, how it deepens their rhythms, details, and emotional narratives. If you like the writing of Carver, Cheever, Boyle, Munro, and Nelson, then you'll feel right at home with Laura's engaging stories.
Her first collection of fifteen short stories.
The title of the book:
If A Stranger Approaches You
The title of the last story in the book.
I don't think you can get any better than this. Each story well written in an easy to read, style. Rivoting! Each story with it's own twisted ending. Each story leaving you miffed, bewildered, surprised! Each story unique. Of life's little fleeting moments.
Laura gets to the meat of her subject, quickly! Makes her surprise known. Then lets the stories end. No dilly-dallying. No frills. Exactly what you want, and all you need.
These fifteen stories have the ability to stir emotions. You feel the empathy, the love, the sorrows as if they were your own. Once you read the first story, Mona you'll understand what I mean.
What is this? I had to read the next story, Memmorial right away. "Weird!"
I couldn't put it down, after that!
I don't mean weird in a scary way. More, thought provoking. More, psycho dramatic. More Alfred Hitchcock'ish than Hitchcock himself.
I give it five stars out of five *****
You won't be disappointed.
I bought this book via Amazon and am excited to add it to my personal library.