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Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century - Kim Fu

Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century - Kim Fu

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Victoria recommends! In the twelve unforgettable tales of Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, the strange is made familiar and the familiar strange, such that a girl growing wings on her legs feels like an ordinary rite of passage, while a bug-infested house becomes an impossible, Kafkaesque nightmare. Each story builds a new world all its own: a group of children steal a haunted doll; a runaway bride encounters a sea monster; a vendor sells toy boxes that seemingly control the passage of time; an insomniac is seduced by the Sandman. These visions of modern life wrestle with themes of death and technological consequence, guilt and sexuality, and unmask the contradictions that exist within all of us.  

Mesmerizing, electric, and wholly original, Kim Fu’s Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century blurs the boundaries of the real and fantastic, offering intricate and surprising insights into human nature.

By Kim Fu. Paperback. 220 pages. Published by Tin House, 2022.

Victoria's reviewTersely-told speculative tales of the zeitgeist: sexuality, guilt, technology, depression. As a bookseller, I can recognize this book is absolutely not for everyone, but the short stories here shine under the right readership. Fu expertly deals with dark, difficult and complex topics, a master dressmaker knowing exactly where to cut the expensive silk fabric. Out of everything, I most appreciate Fu's restraint -- these stories could have easily ballooned out of a lesser writer's control, but there's few mistakes in this crystalline, gleaming prose. A real winner and an incredible talent.