American Innovations

American Innovations

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In one of the intensely imaginative stories in Rivka’s Galchen’s American Innovations, a young woman’s furniture walks out on her. In another, the narrator feels compelled to promise to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly been phoned in to her. In a third, the petty details of a property transaction illuminate the complicated pains and loves of a family. By turns realistic, fantastical, witty, and lyrical, these marvelously uneasy stories are deeply emotional and written in exuberant, pitch-perfect prose. Whether exploring the tensions in a mother-daughter relationship or the finer points of time travel, Galchen is a writer like none other today.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374280475
0374280479
Branch Call Number: FICTION GALCHEN
Characteristics: 175 p. ; 22 cm

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okbookgirl
Aug 17, 2014

Strange and interesting stories that drawn you in like a moth to a porch light. Great writing.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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Following her masterful debut novel Atmospheric Disturbances (2008), Galchen returns with a set of ten stories that are at once surreal and believable. A woman wakes up having grown a third breast on her back; another woman develops a crush on a time-traveler who may or may not be her son from a future marriage; a third woman watches the contents of her home—chairs, utensils, lamps—get up and walk out. These are just a few of the situationsthat make up Galchen’s eerily droll stories.
- Wayne Roylance

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