Jeremy M. Davies The Knack of Doing

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The Knack of Doing

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Perverse, playful, and highly comic stories that take dead aim at fictional convention.

Playful, fantastical, gruesome, and tender by turns, this debut collection of short fiction by Jeremy M. Davies runs the gamut from parody to tragedy and back. "Sad White People" follows a souring hipster love affair that finds itself brutally hijacked by a far more interesting story, while "The Terrible Riddles of Human Sexuality (Solved)" introduces us to a dominatrix whose life is splintered into a series of children's brainteasers. "The Excise-Man" pastiches Robert Burns and Flann O'Brien in a rowdy tale of moonshine and tax evasion, while "Forkhead Box" catalogs the professional and personal embarrassments of a New York State executioner in the days of the Rosenbergs. Finally, the epic "Delete the Marquis" looks back to the nineteenth-century novel, chronicling the woes of an impecunious ghostwriter who has inadvertently turned the entire world into a lurid fiction. Overflowing with "wit, irresistible ingenuity, and a stupefying narrative abundance" (Harry Mathews), Davies's fiction takes dead aim at literary convention while reimagining the art of storytelling for the twenty-first century.

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"Jeremy M. Davies's The Knack of Doing deserves a place on that high shelf of honest, hard, crazy-making, because crazily-made, American story collections. Davies himself deserves a place, on Don Barthelme's lap, in hell."  --Joshua Cohen, author of The Book of Numbers
 
"Intoxicating, really dark, like a black chocolate bar deviled with morning glory seeds and strychnine. Emblazoned on the label: Not for insomniacs. Could be lethal. INFLAMMABLE! Addictive. And very, very GOOD!"  --Rikki Ducornet

About the Author:

Jeremy M. Davies is the author of the novels Rose Alley (2009) and Fancy (2015). His work has appeared in Harper's, The White Review, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Collagist.

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