* SHORTLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD 2015
* SHORTLISTED FOR THE LA TIMES BOOKS PRIZE 2015A SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
* NOTABLE BOOK OF 2014
* A BOSTON GLOBE BEST FICTION OF 2014
* ROXANE GAY’S TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2014
* AN AMAZON BEST SHORT STORY COLLECTION OF 2014
* AN iBOOK BEST OF 2014
Perfectly pitched and gorgeously penned, this astonishingly bold collection of stories explores the boundary between the wild and the civilized. Pitting human beings against the extremes of nature, Diane Cook surgically peels back the layers of civilization to lay bare our vulnerabilities and the ease with which our darker, primal urges emerge. These exhilarating and terrifying tales are set in worlds that are distorted versions of our own, where an alpha male is pursued through city streets by murderous rivals, a marooned woman defends her house against the rising flood and hordes of desperate refugees, and a pack of not-needed boys take refuge in a murky forest and compete against one another for food.
Wry, transgressive and utterly unique, Cook’s wildly inventive debut collection illuminates, with surreal humour and heartbreak, humankind’s struggle not only to thrive, but survive.