A boy is the victim of a bizarre Buddhist ritual. A dog falls in love with a goose. A young mother leads her family through a crowded mall in search for a ghost. Davin Malasarn's quirky and emotional stories will transport readers to Thailand, the Amazon, and Paris. Yet, a common theme arises as each character in these 17 short pieces confronts the same need for understanding, acceptance, and love More
Davin Malasarn's short stories and flash fiction have earned multiple awards, including two Pushcart Prize nominations and the PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship. The pieces collected here represent Malasarn's most emotional and personal work over the last ten years. Readers will be transported around the world and into the depths of the human heart.
In the opening story,"The Burning Girl," a young boy, Ben, is forced to participate in a Buddhist ritual while his mother is away. Ben doesn't understand what's going on, but he trusts his father and aunt to take care of him. As the evening progresses, Ben realizes that he has done something wrong. His family wants to change him, and he sees no alternative but to comply.
The title story, "The Wild Grass," describes an old woman's investigation into the afterlife following her husband's death. She wonders if a python that visits the house is an angel, and she wonders when her own turn to die will come.
The 17 stories in this collection will take readers to exotic settings around the world while showcasing how universal the human response truly is.
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on June 16, 2011 :
THE WILD GRASS is the first collection of short stories by a writer I have been following online for a few years now: his flash fiction on Zoetrope, longer stories in Glimmer Train, and his insightful musings on the Literary Lab blog. This book brings together a collection of tales that have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and won the author a coveted PEN Emerging Writers Fellowship in 2008.
His stories will take you to the mines of Brazil and the suburbs of Los Angeles; to law offices in Manhattan and fishing villages in Thailand. But no matter how far-flung the settings, Malasarn's stories are always grounded in an emotional honesty and filled with characters who are real and alive and compelling. A brilliant 1st collection from a writer to watch!