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How Animals Mate **SIGNED**

Muller, Daniel.

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ISBN 10: 0879519258 / ISBN 13: 9780879519254
Published by Overlook Press, Bergenfield, New Jersey, 1999
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Hard Cover. SIGNED by the author on the title page. 8vo - over 7 3/4" - 9 3/4" tall. 191 pages. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Not a remainder. Not price clipped. SIGNED and inscribed to the author Pamela Dell by Daniel Muller on the title page. First Edition. First Printing. Protected in a new Brodart cover. Collectible. Bookseller Inventory # 01081

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Title: How Animals Mate **SIGNED**

Publisher: Overlook Press, Bergenfield, New Jersey

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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A collection of haunting short stories contains such characters as a struggling poet trying to make ends meet while working as a stripper and an Aleut girl who becomes increasingly unhappy with her life in an Alaskan salmon factory.


If you like the kind of fringe element who regularly populate the fiction of Katherine Dunn or Mike McCormack, then Daniel Mueller's How Animals Mate is the book for you. Each of these eight short stories focuses on characters who range from the tragically outcast to the downright grotesque. The protagonist in "Ice Breaking," for example, is a gay man whose AIDS-infected lover has just committed suicide by mixing it up with a train. Having collected his boyfriend's remains into a sack, Sy Johnson then proceeds to drag the dismembered corpse out onto a frozen lake where he also intends to take his own life in a way that is gruesome and effective in equal measure. Things aren't much better for the gay hero of "Zero," whose business is being driven into the ground by his sick lover's spiraling medical bills. And then there's Amanda, the lesbian erotic dancer in "Birds," whose life is turned upside down in a heartbeat when she runs afoul of a deranged customer. The title "Torturing Creatures at Night" pretty much says it all, and then goes on to elaborate even more in this story of a grossly overweight teenage boy who revenges himself on the neighborhood by roaming through backyards at night armed with a remote control, changing people's television stations as he goes. Readers with a strong stomach and a penchant for the bizarre will find these dark, well-written tales compelling. --Margaret Prior

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