Nothing Looks Familiar

August 15, 2014|
Nothing Looks Familiar by Shawn Syms
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Sharp-eyed tales about outsiders, non-conformists, and iconoclasts.

In Nothing Looks Familiar, Shawn Syms'' debut story collection, characters from a wide swath of society chart paths from places of danger or unhappiness into the great unknown, each grappling with a central and sometimes unanswerable question: if you fight to change your circumstances, could it be possible to reconfigure your very identity? From bullied kids to meth-smoking mothers, characters in dire straits take measures--sometimes drastic ones--to take charge of their own fates.

With a particular focus on the lives of the downtrodden and marginalized, Nothing Looks Familiar marries a vivid and distinct sense of place--the sights and smells of a meatpacking plant; a church-basement meeting hall full of sexual abusers--with universal themes such as the nature of friendship and relationships, and the configuration of the self. In this book, men and women alike struggle to cope, to survive, and to transform their surroundings; each of them is determined to come out the other side changed. In these richly drawn, deeply nuanced stories, nothing may look familiar, but everything is up for grabs.

Shawn Syms is an author and journalist who has written for over fifty publications in the past twenty-five years, including The Rumpus, Foreword Reviews, The Collagist and the acclaimed anthologies First Person Queer and Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York. He is also the editor of the anthology Friend. Follow. Text. #sto...
Title:Nothing Looks FamiliarFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:182 pages, 8 X 5.5 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:182 pages, 8 X 5.5 X 0.5 inPublished:August 15, 2014Publisher:Arsenal Pulp PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1551525704

ISBN - 13:9781551525709

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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