Hopeful Monsters: Stories

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“Hopeful monsters” are genetically abnormal organisms that, nonetheless, adapt and survive in their environments. In these devastating stories, the hopeful monsters in question are those who will not be tethered by familial duty nor bound by the ghosts of their past.

Home becomes fraught, reality a nightmare as Hiromi Goto weaves her characters through tales of domestic crises and cultural dissonance. They are the walking wounded—a mother who is terrified by a newborn daughter who bears a tail; a “stinky girl” who studies the human condition in a shopping mall; a family on holiday wih a visiting grandfather who cannot abide their “foreign” nature. But wills are a force unto themselves, and Goto’s characters are imbued with the light of myth and magic-realism. With humor and keen insight, Goto makes the familiar seem strange, and deciphers those moments when the idyllic skews into the absurd and the sublime.

From “Stinky Girl”:

The unbearable voices of mythic manatees, the cry of the phoenix, the whispers of kappa lovers beside a gurgling stream. The voice of the moon that is ever turned away from our gaze, the song of suns colliding. The sounds which permeate from my skin on such a level of intensity that mortal senses recoil, deflect beauty into ugliness as a way of coping. And my joy. Such incredible joy. The hairs on my arms stand electric, the static energy and the heat amplifies my smell/sound with such exponential dizzying intensity, that the plastic which surrounds me bursts apart, falls away from my being like an artificial cocoon.

I hover, twenty feet in the air.

Hiromi Goto is the author of the novels Chorus of Mushrooms (winner of a Commonwealth Writers Prize and co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award) and The Kappa Child (winner of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award). She lives in Burnaby, British Columbia.

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Welcoming Hiromi Goto to the Arsenal Pulp family is very exciting. It’s like having your long-lost cousin show up to your eighteenth birthday party and discovering you are exactly alike. And now, you get to show her off.

A lot can happen in a cousin or auntie’s life, and it might not be pretty. While some take their scrapes and call them unhealable wounds, these are not the ones Goto writes about. Goto describes the mothers, the grandfathers and the children that start out different, or end up strange but never gape at their otherness.

Goto’s characters are imbued with confidence and comforted by the magic of their alienness. Whether you believe that the hard things in life make you stronger, or people are just born that way, these Hopeful Monsters will impress you with their tenacity and their ability to bend Fate

About the Author:

Hiromi Goto is the author of the novels The Kappa Child, winner of the James Tiptree Jr Award, and Chorus of Mushrooms, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for First Book (Canada-Caribbean) and co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award, and the children?s book The Water of Possibility. She lives in Burnaby, B.C.

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