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Famous Children and Famished Adults: Stories
by Evelyn Hampton
University of Alabama Press, 2019
eISBN: 978-1-57366-880-4 | Paper: 978-1-57366-069-3
Library of Congress Classification PS3608.A69594A6 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Winner of FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize

Stories that remap the world to reveal hidden places we have always suspected of existing and scenarios that show us glimpses of ourselves
 
In these stories, readers encounter a wizened, silent child; a documentary filmmaker lost in the Amazon; a writer physically overwhelmed by the amount of content she has generated; the disappearance of the world’s cats; and an enormous houseplant that has become quietly malevolent. Through these encounters, which are presented with insightful, intricate, and often very funny writing, readers come to know the scintillating zone where fiction and reality become indistinguishable.
 
Working in the tradition of voice impressionists like Maria Bamford, Hampton draws on a wide range of styles and voices to tell stories that seem at once familiar and strange, spoofed and invented. Readers who have enjoyed the work of Shirley Jackson, George Saunders, Lydia Davis, or Robert Walser will be at home in these pages, but so too will readers who have given up on fiction. These stories show us that insouciance can be beautiful, confusion can be intricate and ordered, and rule-breaking can be a discipline all its own.

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