Life on Mars by Lori McNultyLife on Mars by Lori McNulty

Life on Mars

byLori McNulty

Paperback | March 7, 2017

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A middle-aged sportswriter gets a new lease on life with a heart transplant and develops an intimate relationship with his donated heart. Two brothers find in their rotting family tree the tangled roots of a dark childhood memory. A young woman travels to Thailand to reconnect body and soul and returns home, physically transformed, to face the wrath of her estranged mother. A divorced man struggling to rediscover his place in the world hits the road from California to Newfoundland, guided by an irascible talking squid.

Life on Mars, Lori McNulty's wild debut collection, sears the heart with blinding black humour and whiplash fast prose. With a flawless talent for juxtaposing the absurd with the everyday, violence and discord with redemption and metamorphosis, McNulty takes readers on an unexpected ride into the core of human existence.

Blending aesthetic styles from high realism to the fable-esque, Life on Mars devours life's numbing tragedies and exhilarating passions with ravenous appetite. These are raw, moving, strange stories — an unforgettable reckoning for our disconnected times.

Lori McNulty was born in Ottawa but has called many places home. Her work has appeared in the Fiddlehead, the New Quarterly, PRISM international, the Dalhousie Review, Descant, and the Globe and Mail as well as a number of anthologies. She has twice been nominated for the Journey Prize, making the shortlist in 2014 for her story "Mons...
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Title:Life on MarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8 × 5 × 1 inPublished:March 7, 2017Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864928882

ISBN - 13:9780864928887

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deft, daring, dark and funny. These stories take you on a bold, brave and unforgettable literary journey. The writing is fresh, moving and original. You are left breathless after dark situations and brooding characters stumble and reflect on life and relationships. Then, you laugh out loud at the wit and wisdom revealed in the author's wildly imaginative writing. It is a complex mixture of styles woven into a superb first collection.
Date published: 2017-03-12