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Monsters
Karen Brennan




Four Way
2016 • 208 pp. 6 x 9"
Fiction & Literature

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-79-6
$16.99 Ebook, 978-1-935536-91-8

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“Brimming with real and imagined monsters, Brennan delivers striking meditations on memory, time, fragility, and strength. . . . The majority of the characters in this book speak... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly

Literal as well as metaphorical monsters inhabit this book of 38 innovative fictions

Literal as well as metaphorical monsters inhabit this book of 38 innovative fictions. Here the reader will encounter not only zombies and ghosts, but a lyrical dream braided into a brutal and sorrowful real world. Monsters’ vision embodies the heartbreakingly private and depressingly public—and the funny flipside of it all.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Brimming with real and imagined monsters, Brennan delivers striking meditations on memory, time, fragility, and strength. . . . The majority of the characters in this book speak of routine, predictable occurrences. But these tales—some less than a page—are not conventional; they’re beautifully strange and often surreal. Brennan introduces fantastical elements that dramatically transform relatable characters and familiar settings into something new, like a family adopting a talking cat. Brennan’s collection of compassionate and intelligent fiction is a showcase for a very skilled author.” —Publishers Weekly

Monsters takes the form of an extraordinary wunderkammer filled with narraticules . . . about what can’t stay, what was probably never there to begin with, and the beauty of that, and the biting loss.”—Lance Olsen, author of Theories of Forgetting



KAREN BRENNAN is the author of six books of varying genres including poetry collections Here on Earth (1989) and The Real Enough World (2006), both from Wesleyan University Press; AWP Award-winning short fiction Wild Desire (1990), U Mass Press; The Garden in Which I Walk (2005), Fiction Collective 2; and a memoir, Being with Rachel (2001) Norton. Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction has appeared in anthologies from Norton, Penguin, Graywolf, Spuytin Duyvil, Michigan and Georgia, among others. A National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, she is Professor Emerita at the University of Utah and teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. She holds a PhD from University of Arizona.



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