The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories by Chanelle BenzThe Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories by Chanelle Benz

The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories

byChanelle Benz

Paperback | December 12, 2017

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Named a Best Book of 2017 by The San Francisco Chronicle

Named one of Electric Literature’s 15 Best Short Story Collections of 2017

A stunningly original debut collection about lives across history marked by violence and longing.

A brother and sister turn outlaw in a wild and brutal landscape. The daughter of a diplomat disappears and resurfaces across the world as a deadly woman of many names. A young Philadelphia boy struggles with the contradictions of privilege, violence, and the sway of an incarcerated father. A monk in sixteenth century England suffers the dissolution of his monastery and the loss of all that he held sacred.

The characters in The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead, Benz's wildly imaginative debut, are as varied as any in recent literature, but they share a thirst for adventure which sends them rushing full-tilt toward the moral crossroads, becoming victims and perpetrators along the way. Riveting, visceral, and heartbreaking, Benz’s stories of identity, abandonment, and fierce love come together in a daring, arresting vision.

Chanelle Benz has published short stories in The American Reader, Fence, and The Cupboard, and on, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. She received her MFA at Syracuse University as well as a BFA in acting from Boston University. She is of British-Antiguan descent and currently lives in Houston.
Title:The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.54 inPublished:December 12, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062490788

ISBN - 13:9780062490780

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“I’ve never read a story collection with as much range and imagination...Each story in this collection has a twist, a shock, and a gut-punch epiphany. Reading is firstly an act of discovery, and Chanelle Benz proves how startling and satisfying that journey ought to be.”