Title: Flying Leap: Stories.
Publisher: Picador USA , New York
Publication Date: 1998
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
8vo. White and black paper over boards, dust jacket. viii, 244pp. Fine/near fine. A tight and nice first edition of this author's first book, handsomely signed and inscribed by her in blue fineline on the title page: "To Pam -- / Hope you enjoy these! / Keep in touch -- / See you in Chicago, / first week of NOV. / Best Wishes! / Judy Budnitz / 1999." To the printed figure of a floating female on this page, Budnitz draws a string in her hand leading up to a kite with a long tail. Bookseller Inventory # 31081
Synopsis: The Brothers Grimm take lessons in fiction from Angela Carter to produce this uncanny and surreal work. Judy Budnitz might just be the most exciting and unusual literary figure to emerge from the US literary thicket in 2000. She marries great technical skill to quirky humour and dizzying metaphor. She has an uncanny knack for the destabilizing and indelible image, but does not abandon sense for sensibility. She is always readable, albeit strangely so. She might yet be an Americanized heir to the throne left vacant by Angela Carter. This collection of stories is strikingly surreal and hugely entertaining. It will appeal to fans of everyone from Tibor Fischer via Lorrie Moore to Nicholson Baker, or put another way, from Heathers to Edward Scissorhands via Annie Hall. Among the storylines: a young man is persuaded to donate his heart to his dying mother; a girl comes of age in strange suburbia, her only friend a man dressed in a dogsuit; a man and a woman conduct a passionate love affair on a park bench.
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