"These stories by Chris Bower vomit uphill a compendium of beautiful losers, cummy snowmen, and such love. His longtime collaborator, illustrator Susie Kirkwood, opens the pages with freshly dark design and iconography, cleanly harmonious with Bower's filth. The book is ultimately fun and deeply caring, and its author a gallow's wit with theatrical instincts. You will find yourself, your loved ones, and our stupid feelings in this swill--'You're going to remember this, even when you're dead.'"
--Fred Sasaki, art director for POETRY
"Chris Bower is a half-cracked comic-poet genius. Stop complaining, let him break your brain."
--Patrick Sommerville, author of The Cradle
and This Bright River
"While we argue realism and the dying book, Chris Bower puts on his mascot suit and goes dancing into the void. Do we follow him? If so, it's to demand an apology for withholding these stories until now. He is a giant of creativity and a genius of desperation, and his worlds--full of broken promises, failed expectations, and delirious horse laughter--represent the most obliquely realistic literature of our day. Buy this, own this, and return to this regularly."
--Kyle Beachy, author of The Slide
"Big head, horse head, your head, my head. Inside them Chris Bower maps catacombs lined with even more heads. He voices a history of our new ground. Read him before the wrong parts of you die."
--Janet Desaulniers, author of What You've Been Missing
"Chris Bower's characters are the perfect subjects for the illustrations of Susie Kirkwood--whimsical, human-shaped creatures with ill humor lurking in their flat darkness. The stories in this collection may ask what it means to be human, but the answers are entirely unexpected. Peer into these depths for too long and you might never be the same."
--Zach Dodson, author of boring boring boring boring boring boring boring,
co-founder of Featherproof Books
Reseña del editor
Chicago playwright Chris Bower's debut collection of gloriously nasty, bleakly unhinged, and oddly compelling short stories marks the arrival of a truly original voice. Each page is lovingly illustrated by Chicago artist Susie Kirkwood and bursting with gorgeously unsettling tales of parents abandoning children out of spite, men sabotaging women out of love, and other oddments and ear worms.
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