Report to the Men's Club

By: Emshwiller, Carol

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As new. Purchased direct from publisher. Unread. Trade Paper. SYNOPSIS Report from the Men¹s Club and Other Stories is Carol Emshwiller¹s first collection of short fiction in 11 years. Emshwiller¹s singular style and point of view are apparent from the first story, where she asks "What if your grandmother was a superhero?" to the last, where she wonders "What if the world ended on your birthday -- and no one came?" In the 16 stories in between, Emshwiller poses questions such as "What if the orphan you were raising was a top-secret weapon, looked like Godzilla, and loved singing nursery rhymes?" and "What if poet laureates fought to the death in stadiums?" Emshwiller¹s stories are about women and men, monsters, obsessions, art, and falling in love. They are witty, humane, and endearingly odd, and play with all genres and conventions, including science fiction, Westerns, romance, postmodern, tabloid, literary and others that have yet to be invented. Emshwiller is an intensely thoughtful and restrained writer. Her seemingly simple stories are masterworks of controlled chaos which often involve people who live on the edges of society -- in the desert, the sea, or up in the mountains -- and are trying to open themselves up to other people, and, perhaps, to love. Suspect that life is much stranger than anyone ever admits? Buy this book. Unhappy in love? Buy this book. About to visit the dentist or embark on a long voyage? Buy this book. Troubled by dreams you can never quite remember in the morning? Buy this book. Love good short fiction? Buy this book. About the Author - Carol Emshwiller is the author of four short story collections, The Start of the End of it All (Winner of the 1991 World Fantasy Award), Verging on the Pertinent, Joy in Our Cause, and Report to the Men's Club, and four novels, Carmen Dog, Ledoyt, Leaping Man Hill, and The Mount. She lives in New York and teaches writing at the New York University continuing education program. In summer she lives in a shack in Bishop, CA. FROM THE CRITICS Publishers Weekly Carol Emshwiller (Carmen Dog, etc.) lends her elegant wit to Report to the Men's Club, a collection of 19 fantastic short fictions treating the war between the sexes. Such tales as "Grandma," "Foster Mother" and "Prejudice and Pride" are brim-full of wry insights into male-female relationships. Testimonials from Samuel R. Delaney, Maureen McHugh, Terry Bisson and Connie Willis, among other big names, should send this one into extra printings. Emshwiller is also the author of a new novel, The Mount (Forecasts, July 8). Kirkus Reviews A daring, eccentric, and welcome observer of darkly human ways emerges from these 19 motley tales. Often writing in an ironical first-person voice, storywriter and novelist Emshwiller (Leaping Man Hill, 1999, etc.) assumes the persona of the outsider or renegade who flees the community as if to test boundaries and possibilities. In "After All," the narrator is a grandmother who decides to set out on a "makeshift journey" in her bathrobe and slippers simply because it is time. The setting is vague: she flaps through the town and then into the hills, pursued, she is sure, by her children, and, in the end, she is merely happy not "to miss all the funny things that might have happened later had the world lasted beyond me." Both in "Foster Mother" and "Creature," the mature, quirky narrators take on the care of an abandoned, otherworldly foundling and attempt to test their survival together in the wilds. In other stories, a character's affection for a scarred pariah forces her out of her home and through a stormy transformation-as in the sensationally creepy "Mrs. Jones." Of the two middle-aged spinster sisters, Cora and Janice, Janice is the fattish conspicuous one who decides to tame and civilize at her own peril the large batlike creature she finds wounded in the sisters' apple orchard. Janice does get her husband, and through skillful details and use of irony, the story becomes a chilling, tender portrait of the sisters' dependence and fragility. At her best, Emshwiller writes with a kind of sneaky precision by drawing in the reader with her sympathetic first person, then pulling out all recognizable indicators; elsewhere, as the long-winded "Venus Rising" (based on work by Elaine Morgan),the pieces read like way-far-out allegories. A startling, strong fourth collection by this author-look for her upcoming The Mount. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING Terry Bisson I am disappointed by these stories. Disappointed that they have not (yet) won Emshwiller the Pulitzer she deserves as our premier magic realist. Disappointed that their sly and scary intimacy has not (yet) altered the tone of all science fiction for the better. Disappointed that she wrote them, not I. - author of The Pickup Artist Samuel R. Delany Carol Emshwiller¹s stories are wonder-filled, necessary, and beautifully crafted. It¹s a high pleasure indeed to see this new collection. - author of Dhalgren McHugh Carol Emshwiller makes fiction out of the stuff of our everyday lives; about moms and memory and monsters that end up as familiar as Border Collies. She¹s deceptively deft, full of strange things that end up feeling as familiar as your own kitchen. - author of Nekropolis Connie Willis I read one of the stories in Carol Emshwiller¹s new collection, Report to the Men¹s Club, in progress several years ago and have thought about it ever since. I could even quote you lines! And now, having read the rest of the elegant, complex, insightful stories, I know she¹s done the same thing to me again eighteen times over! Emshwiller knows more about men and mortality and love and loss and writing and life than anybody on the planet! Dazzling, dangerous, devastating writer! Unforgettable (and I mean that literally!) collection! Wow! Wow! Wow! - author of Passage Dan Chaon Carol Emshwiller has the energetic and surprising voice of a true original. Her stories are like beautiful strangers you meet at a party they¹re witty and charming and hilarious at first, but then they take you aside, into a dark, quiet corner, and whisper something chilling or heartbreaking into your ear, leaving you with a kiss on the cheek that you won¹t forget. - author of Among the Missing

Title: Report to the Men's Club

Author Name: Emshwiller, Carol

Categories: Clearance, Anthology/Collection, Science Fiction/Fantasy,

Edition: 1st Edition. 1st Impression.

Publisher: Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A., Small Beer Pr: 2002

ISBN Number: 1-931520-02-X

ISBN Number 13: 9781931520027

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: As New

A.B.Normal Book Number: 190841

Keywords: FICTION SHORT STORIES SINGLE AUTHOR