The mother missed the father. The University of North Texas Press was founded in 1987 and published its first book in 1989. Her hand cramped and burned. A man got into a car. Answered Hampton door in a tuxedo.
This is Hollander's first outing and as she develops her voice I hope she explores longer fiction. I was particularly conscious of experimenting with style, structure, and language during the four or five years I wrote the stories that ended up in the collection. She writes of the secrets of the psyche, and of the domestic drama of our times, with subtlety and grace and with a precision which makes the many moments of shocking clarity that much more powerful. The mother missed something every night. The girl stayed silent, while barefoot in the living room the mother walked through bits of paper, toed them high into the air so they fluttered around her. A newspaper— The Home Times.
Both stories — and several other instances in the book — have the emotional rawness of an animal chewing at its leg in order to get out of a trap, or, in this case, a home. Over summer break, the girl wanted projects similar to school but better. Life is one unwitting infraction after another. So, zygote, are you up to it? The carpet dampened around her. Her stories have appeared in over fifty journals, including The Cincinnati Review, The Journal, Quarterly West, and Web Conjunctions, and she will be anthologized in The Lineup: 25 Provocative Women Writers.
The authors ear for revealing dialogue and double-edged humor ground these stories in a reality worth enduring. The father turned animal, twice filled his ice bucket and dumped the contents on the concrete balcony, jumped up and down to hear the crack crack crack. This is an unforgettable collection by an important new writer. One is up to ones Empire neck in sense and sensibility and pride and prejudice and and and and and so much more. These stories, about, among other things, the endearing apocalypse of childbearing and -rearing, are as funny and fierce and charming and startling in their wisdom as life is tragic, which is to say at least you'll have a good manual for living once you get here. The author doesn't shy away from gritty subjects or dark emotions--yet her stories also offer unexpected and touching moments of hope. Beneath the girl, exhausted crying.
Just home, she wore elastic sweatpants and ruined-neck sweatshirts. Her scenes shine vividly and tensely. Each piece is powered by a deep, slow boiling jubilation in the moment-to-moment, line-by-line fact of taking breath. Recommended for fans of literary short fiction of the more daring sort--Hollander's stories would be nicely at home on the bookshelf alongside collections by Caitlin Horrocks, Holly Goddard Jones, Danielle Evans, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Bonnie Jo Campbell and others. When I had a large body of work to sift through, I was pleased to find that despite their differences, there were a lot of connections in theme, image, and character anxieties in many of the stories.
Be careful, these stories warn, the world is going to expect you to wear shoes and know about fish forks. A short line delivered at the tail end of a story that bounces off the ground a few times in its attempt to lift off feels more like an author throwing her hands up in defeat than the emotional blow she seems to intend. Simply put, Hollander understands the weirdness of family, of relationships, and she has the language to make it exciting and new. And understand that if you say yes to being born, if you agree to being a member of a family, you will one day be plagued by these questions: What is my fault? A potent work from a strong new literary voice. This outlines how and why we collect, store and use your personal data when you use our website. Many stories in the collection, which won the 2013 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, focus on female protagonists transitioning into adulthood.
Salinger, Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemmingway, Anne Beattie, Frederick Barthelme, Miranda July, and Deborah Eisenberg. The mother missed something every night. Some are just a single page. In her debut story collection In These Times the Home is a Tired Place, Jessica Hollander plays with form in interesting ways. A man with a bare face seen leaving early one morning with an armful of clothes go go go. She teaches at the University of Alabama. Clothes, tax forms, books, photos—shred and chopped and thrown in the air.
A potent work from a strong new literary voice. These incredible stories are razor-sharp with the possibility of disaster, and Hollander is doing something special in transforming domestic spaces into something anxious and unsettling. Through stunningly crisp dialogue and settings that feel at once familiar and surreal, Hollander has created a memorable collection that is as rich as it is moving. This is an unforgettable collection by an important new writer. It comes across as highly-stylized at the same time it feels honest and realistic. A potent work from a strong new literary voice.
Hollander's evocative imagery does a marvelous job of capturing the sort of existential ennui that many young millennials have faced since the start of The Great Recession. In These Times the Home Is a Tired Place showcases Hollander's incredible eye for finding overlooked moments and inflating them with her astute language. This is work that gets to the very heart of the human condition, and does so in musical prose at a wildly thrilling pace. This is an unfortunate trend. She writes of the secrets of the psyche, and of the domestic drama of our times, with subtlety and grace and with a precision which makes the many moments of shocking clarity that much more powerful. Hollander rips apart the fabric of domesticity and then splices it back together with the unsettling and bizarre. These conflicts arise in biting, humorous prose--sharp, clipped sentences interrupted by sentences of surprising beauty and length.
Recommended for fans of literary short fiction of the more daring sort--Hollander's stories would be nicely at home on the bookshelf alongside collections by Caitlin Horrocks, Holly Goddard Jones, Danielle Evans, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Bonnie Jo Campbell and others. They head from Michigan to Ohio by taxi, fortifying themselves with morning doses of schnapps. Grocery line stretched back to frozen foods, her customer-in-training next to her pushing a full-sized cart in which lay a package of egg noodles. The details in these stories ring true and are recognizable amid the insanity. One is up to ones Empire neck in sense and sensibility and pride and prejudice and and and and and so much more.