AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Marcus is the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes, as well as numerous other awards and fellowships. He’s also on the faculty at Columbia University and has had his own fiction, essays, and reviews published in just about every esteemed magazine you could name. He continues to be one of the most visible and highly lauded short story writers in America.
GENRE-BUSTING, MIND-BLOWING: Like his contemporaries Karen Russell, George Saunders, and Kelly Link, Marcus combines luminous literary prose, sharp wit, and surreal but socially illuminating ideas to grapple with sex and death, lust and shame, the indignities of the body, and the full parade of human folly. Each story takes a big juicy bite out of the modern world.
MASTER OF THE CRAFT: Marcus edited New American Stories, the recent Vintage anthology of contemporary short fiction, cementing his reputation as the form’s most ardent champion and practitioner.
NEW STORIES: All but three of these stories are brand new to this collection—it’s a fresh and timely read.
“An engrossing, poetically surreal writer [who’s] often woundingly funny…. [Marcus’s] sentences deserve to be lingered over.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Exceptional…. Each story is quietly eerie with electric characters who move through settings that look and sound exactly like our reality but are subtly disoriented, as if in a trick mirror.”—The Paris Review
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