Suzanne Ruta
August 13, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Zebra Storyteller

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Spencer Holst
genre
Short Stories, Fiction

We gave it an A

Long a cult figure among the downtown New York art crowd, Holst writes like a funky James Thurber. His kindly, canny fables for our time turn the familiar into the surreal. A frog hooked on morphine becomes, when kissed, a junkie prince. Hope runs out for a man-eating shark wearing the Hope diamond. The best tales of The Zebra Storyteller attack the arms race and the rat race and prove that nice guys sometimes finish first. A

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