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Notes from the Fog


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With these thirteen transfixing, ingenious stories, Ben Marcus gives us timely dystopian visions of alienation in a modern world--cosmically and comically apt. Never has existential catastrophe been so much fun.

In "The Grow-Light Blues," a hapless, corporate drone finds love after being disfigured testing his employer's newest nutrition supplement--the enhanced glow from his computer monitor. A father finds himself outcast from his family when he starts to suspect that his son's precocity has turned sinister in the chilling "Cold Little Bird." In "Blueprints for St. Louis," two architects in a flailing marriage consider the ethics of artificially inciting emotion in mourners at their latest assignment--a memorial to a terrorist attack.
In the bizarre but instantly recognizable universe of Ben Marcus's fiction, characters encounter both surreal new illnesses and equally surreal new cures. Marcus writes beautifully, hilariously, and obsessively, about sex and death, lust and shame, the indignities of the body, and the full parade of human folly. A heartbreaking collection of stories that showcases the author's compassion, tenderness, and mordant humor. Blistering, beautiful work from a modern master.

     A heartbreaking collection of stories that showcases the author's compassion, tenderness, and mordant humor--blistering, beautiful work from a modern master.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 18, 2018 – Marcus's refined and uncompromising third story collection (following Leaving the Sea), dissects the American experience through language that is always precise, unexpected, and alive. In the tone-setting first story, "Cold Little Bird," a 10-year-old boy's sudden aversion to affection threatens to dismantle his parents' marriage. Two married architects attempt to build a potentially unbuildable memorial for a terrorist attack in the excellent "Blueprints for St. Louis," while a mother leaves her own family to care for the husband and sons of her recently deceased sister in "The Boys." The somewhat straightforward plots of these stories cede center stage to the brutal strangeness and ominous mood of Marcus's language, which is best expressed in the collection's centerpiece, "A Suicide of Trees," a nightmarish tale of a middle-aged man searching for his missing father. Throughout, each story features moments of considered, lacerating prose ("A husband, these days, is a bag of need with a dank wet hole in its bottom. The sheer opposite of a go bag.") threaded together by sentences that, like a marionette's strings, bring the world to full, expansive life. This is a bracing, forceful collection.
Notes from the Fog
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  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Aug 21, 2018
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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