Yuknavitch, the award-winning author of the novels The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children,Dora: A Headcase, and the memoir The Chronology of Water—one of Esquire’s“80 Books Every Person Should Read”—is known for her visceral, passionate writing. The fierce short stories of her first collection are true to form. Focusing on the lives of the marginalized, these powerful pieces illuminate desperation and survival, brutality and beauty. In one, a traumatized eight-year-old transports frozen organs around Eastern Europe. Other tales follow a janitor who creates his own miniature metropolis from discarded objects, a wounded man who pushes through grief to an unexpected end, and a child who lashes out against a group of schoolyard bullies.
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