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Man V. Nature: Stories Kindle Edition
“Seethes with heat, rejection and twisted perception…I found myself enthralled by all of the stories in this collection. Not only are they surprising, but also fresh, funny, sad, often surreal and oddly true.” -- Omnivoracious
“Diane Cook’s stories are like high-wattage bulbs strung across a sinister, dark land. Man V. Nature is equal parts dazzle and depth.” -- Ramona Ausubel, author of No One is Here Except All of Us and A Guide to Being Born
“What I like most about these stories is that many of them are dispatches from the end of the world, and it turns out to be a surprisingly familiar place.” -- Ira Glass, Host, "This American Life"
“Here’s a good rule: If Diane Cook wrote it, read it. . . . Safety is tenuous, if not an illusion, in her thoughtful, unsettling, and darkly funny collection.” -- Boston Globe
“Man V. Nature could also be called Diane Cook V. The Challenges of Writing Fresh, Invigorating Fiction in Our Age. In the latter contest, Cook crushes. Here is a bold debut.” -- Sam Lipsyte, author of Home Land
“In her masterful debut, Diane Cook reimagines our own lives if we were forced to play by nature’s rules. Each darkly comic modern fable reveals our societal preoccupations...for what they really are: thin veneers over our ever-present animal selves, ready to crack at the merest provocation. A book that’ll grab your attention and keep you thinking.” -- Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni
“A knockout…every single story could make a great movie…‘Somebody’s Baby’ completely captures the crippling, animal-like vigilance of early motherhood. I had to put the book down and just sob, and I was thrilled at the same time, thinking: ‘It works! This medium really works!’” -- Miranda July, New York Times Book Review
“Irresistible reading...The author probes her characters’ psychological depths in weird and wonderful ways...With MAN V. NATURE Cook makes a bold, original debut.” -- San Jose Mercury News
“Hunger, despair, and perpetual awe for the collapsing natural world and the vulnerability of existence therein. Apply liberally before exposure to the elements. Contents include truth and other known allergens.” -- Flavorwire, "28 Feminist Writers Recommend Books Every Man Should Read" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Diane Cook is the author of the novel, THE NEW WILDERNESS, which was longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, and the story collection, MAN V. NATURE, which was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, the Believer Book Award, The Pen/Hemingway Award, and the Los Angeles Times Award for First Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, Granta, and other publications, and her stories have been included in the anthologies Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. She is a former producer for the radio program This American Life, and was the recipient of a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, daughter and son.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00HU5NEXS
- Publisher : Harper; Reprint edition (7 October 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 815 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 277 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #305,146 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from other countries
I bought this book (on Kindle) after really enjoying one of the stories, Flotsam, read on the Selected Shorts podcast. Then I found two more "friends" in the book Moving On (one of my favourite stories in Best American Short Stories 2015) and The Mast Year (also on Selected Shorts). Often dark, frequently bizarre, these are allegorical stories about the deepest human needs and desires. They seem to take place in a world so much like our own, but the rules that govern society have shifted. In chilling story The Not-Needed Forest, boys who are "not needed" are sent to an incinerator, but a few escapees band together in a forest fighting for survival; for me, it occupies the same territory as Lord of the Flies and reminds me of a horrible tale in Robert Hughes' saga of the history of Australia, The Fatal Shore. In Moving On, a newly widowed woman finds herself incarcerated in an institution with others in the same position, and must work through the stages of grief before she can be released. In Flotsam, a woman keeps finding baby clothes in with her washing. Somebody's Baby a man hangs around a woman's house waiting to steal her newborn, and we wonder if she can keep her safe, especially as so many of her neighbours have lost children and are almost non-challent about it.
This is a deeply thought-provoking, highly entertaining collection which reminded me of some of George Saunder's short stories. I liked them better because the questions they pose seem more personal ....