Better Living Through Plastic Explosives (us Edition)

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Whether she takes on evolution and modern manhood, international adoption, real estate, the movie industry, science and faith, art, or terrorism, Gartner fillets the righteous and the ridiculous with dexterity in equal, heartbreaking, and glorious measure.
Angels crash land, lovers speak IKEA, a mountain swallows tony West Coast properties, and a killer stalks the great motivational speakers of North America.
These stories ruthlessly expose our covert fears and fathomless desires and allow us to snort with laughter—while grieving at the grotesque world we’d live in if we all got what we wanted.

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2012: Shortlisted for Canada’s prestigious Giller Prize, Gartner’s wide-ranging and unrestrained collection--the short story “at its savage best,” as the Giller jury reported--manages a neat trick: It makes the ordinary seem absurd and the extraordinary seem everyday normal. People and events are turned upside down and inside out, whether it’s the movie industry, art, terrorism, or manhood. If there’s a theme running through these 10 witty, graceful, funny, and sometimes surreal stories, it’s a big fat poke at convention. Like an avant garde post-bebop jazz musician, Gartner seems to relish the unconventional, and her style of storytelling veers from ridiculous to eloquent to heartbreaking and back. --Neal Thompson

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Zsuzsi Gartner is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling story collection All the Anxious Girls on Earth and the editor of Darwin's Bastard's: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. She is the winner of a 2007 National Magazine Award for Fiction and the recipient of numerous awards for her magazine journalism. In 2011 her short story collection, Better Living Through Plastic Explosives, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, alongside literary giant Michael Ondaatje.

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