Monday, June 11, 2012

Acquired: The Law of Strings and Other Stories by Steven Gillis

The Law of Strings
and Other Stories
Steven Gillis
Atticus Books
Expected Publication: August 28, 2012
The Law of Strings and Other Stories is an existential yelp examining individual choices and our all-too-human response to unexpected events. Fans of George Saunders and Aimee Bender will delight in Gillis’ surprising surrealist twists in the heart of painfully real emotion and interpersonal relationships. From a tightrope walker abandoning his trade to an Immovable Girl learning to levitate, The Law of Strings explores what happens at the crossroads in our lives and how we decide what matters most in a world defined by chaos.
I received Steven Gillis' The Law of Strings and Other Stories about two weeks ago from the wonderful people at Atticus Books.  I've read the first three stories and the blurb is pretty accurate - there is definitely a George Saunders-like flavor to the stories.   I'm a big fan of Saunders, so this is most definitely a good thing!  I've been enjoying it so much that I'm ready to recommend it to anyone that enjoys inventive and literary short stories.  There will be a proper review around publication time, so watch out for that!

The Law of Strings at Atticus Books

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