Lesser Known Monsters Of The 21st Century

February 1, 2022|
Lesser Known Monsters Of The 21st Century by Kim Fu
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2022 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

Featured on CBC's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers

The debut collection from PEN/Hemingway Award finalist and 'propulsive storyteller' (NYT Book Review), with stories that are by turns poignant and pulpy

In the twelve unforgettable tales of Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, the strange is made familiar and the familiar strange, such that a girl growing wings on her legs feels like an ordinary rite of passage, while a bug-infested house becomes an impossible, Kafkaesque nightmare. Each story builds a new world all its own: a group of children steal a haunted doll; a runaway bride encounters a sea monster; a vendor sells toy boxes that seemingly control the passage of time; an insomniac is seduced by the Sandman. These visions of modern life wrestle with themes of death and technological consequence, guilt and sexuality, as they unmask the contradictions that exist within all of us.

"Fu joins recent maestros Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black, 2018), Charles Yu (Sorry Please Thank You, 2012), and Seong-nan Ha (Bluebeard's First Wife, 2020) in creating irrefutably fantastic fiction." - Booklist, starred review

"Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century is one of those rare collections that never suffers from which-one-was-that-again? syndrome. Every story here lights a flame in the memory, shining brighter as time goes by rather than dimming. Kim Fu writes with grace, wit, mischief, daring, and her own deep weird phosphorescent understanding." -Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories

"When a collection is evocative of authors as disparate as Ray Bradbury and Stephanie Vaughn, the only possible unifier can be originality: and that's what a reader finds in Kim Fu's Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century. The strangest of concepts are tempered by grounded, funny dialogue in these stories, which churn with big ideas and craftily controlled antic energy." -Naben Ruthnum

"How I loved the cool wit of these speculative stories! Filled with wonder and wondering, they're haunted too by loss and loneliness, their imaginative reach profoundly rooted in the human condition." -Peter Ho Davies, author of A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself

"Precise, elegant, uncanny, and mesmerizing-each story in this collection is a crystalline gem. Kim Fu's talent is singularly inventive, her every sentence a surprise and an adventure." -Danya Kukafka, author of Notes on an Execution

"Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century is for the adventurous reader-someone willing to walk into a story primed for cultural critique and suddenly come across a plot for murder, or to consider the dangers of sea monsters alongside those posed by twenty-first-century ennui. Each story is spectacularly smart, hybrid in genre, and bold with intention. The monsters here are not only fantastical figures brought to life in hyper-reality but also the strangest parts of the human heart. This book is as moving as it is monumental." -Lucy Tan, author of What We Were Promised

"Kim Fu's Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century crushes the coal-dark zeitgeist between its teeth and spits out diamonds, beautiful but razor-sharp. This will be one of the best short story collections of the year." -Indra Das, author of The Devourers

Kim Fu is the author of two novels and a collection of poetry. Her first novel, For Today I Am a Boy, won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, as well as a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. Her second novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, was a finalist for the Wash...
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Title:Lesser Known Monsters Of The 21st Century
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:184 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.6 in
Shipping dimensions:184 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.6 in
Published:February 1, 2022
Publisher:Coach House Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781552454367

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