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Margo Lanagan's electrifying stories take place in worlds not quite our own, and yet each one illuminates what it is to be human. They are stories of yearning for more, and learning to live with what you have. Stories that show the imprint love leaves on us all.

If you think you don't like short fiction, that a story can't have the depth or impact of a novel, then you haven't read Margo Lanagan. A writer this startling and this original doesn't come along very often. So for anyone who likes to be surprised, touched, unsettled, intrigued, or scared senseless, prepare to be dazzled by what a master storyteller can do in a few short pages.


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Published: Random House Kids an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9780375890741
List price: $7.99
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In this collection of nine short stories, Lanagan addresses fear and longing. I read this with my teen book group, and I was really worried, as some of the stories are very unsettling (in one, an imagined monkey government overthrow, the main character is raped). However, I seemed to have dodged a bullet, as only two actually finished the book because most of them HATED it. Lanagan is very much a "literary" author - she doesn't coddle the reader, and as with many short stories, she does a lot with very little. These would be good for older, more sophisticated teen readers.more
These are amzing stories. To understand them in the least you have to work at it and be prepared for a few mental jolts. Some of the stories are creepy to an extreeme and others are sweet and teach a bit about love. Actually, I think they all teach a little about love.more
In her third collection of short stories, Lanagan again presents a challenging set of short stories. If you're the kind of reader who needs a lot of world building, Lanagan will probably drive you crazy, as she's not much for set up. Her stories just start, and in the space of a few pages, creates a vivid, thought-provoking, occasionally stomach-churning piece of perfection.more
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In this collection of nine short stories, Lanagan addresses fear and longing. I read this with my teen book group, and I was really worried, as some of the stories are very unsettling (in one, an imagined monkey government overthrow, the main character is raped). However, I seemed to have dodged a bullet, as only two actually finished the book because most of them HATED it. Lanagan is very much a "literary" author - she doesn't coddle the reader, and as with many short stories, she does a lot with very little. These would be good for older, more sophisticated teen readers.more
These are amzing stories. To understand them in the least you have to work at it and be prepared for a few mental jolts. Some of the stories are creepy to an extreeme and others are sweet and teach a bit about love. Actually, I think they all teach a little about love.more
In her third collection of short stories, Lanagan again presents a challenging set of short stories. If you're the kind of reader who needs a lot of world building, Lanagan will probably drive you crazy, as she's not much for set up. Her stories just start, and in the space of a few pages, creates a vivid, thought-provoking, occasionally stomach-churning piece of perfection.more
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