Sunday, April 29, 2018

What is Jennifer Caloyeras reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Jennifer Caloyeras, author of Unruly Creatures.

Her entry begins:
I am definitely what someone might call a book devourer. I am at my local library at least once or twice a week returning stacks of book and replacing them with new ones. I typically read between two and four books a week, so getting to share some recent picks with readers is fantastic.

I recently finished Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists. This is such a beautifully written book. It’s about four young siblings who see a fortune teller and she predicts the exact dates that they will each die. We follow each child and see how knowing this information affects them. I love the structure of the novel – each section is told from the point of view of a separate character. The book covers so many...[read on]
About Unruly Creatures, from the publisher:
In this collection rife with humor and pathos, alienated characters struggle to subvert, contain, control, and even escape their bodies. A teenage girl grapples with pubic hair grown wild, a biologist finds herself in love with a gorilla, a prisoner yearns to escape her biological destiny.

In some stories, the bodies have surrogates: a high-school girl babysits an elderly woman's plastic doll while negotiating her own sexual awakening, and a young man finds that he can only receive affection from his father when he is in costume. Dark humor and magical realism put into sharp relief the everyday trials of Americans in a story collection that asks, in what way are we more than the sum of our parts.
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