The Baum Plan for Financial Independence (2008) In The Baum Plan for Financial Independence , his first collection in a decade, John Kessel jumps from place to place like a jolty time… 2008-04-01 Fiction Short Stories Small Beer
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The Baum Plan for Financial Independence (2008)

Details Release Date: Apr 01, 2008; Writer: John Kessel; Genres: Fiction, Short Stories; Publisher: Small Beer

In The Baum Plan for Financial Independence, his first collection in a decade, John Kessel jumps from place to place like a jolty time machine. In ''Pride and Prometheus,'' Frankenstein and Jane Austen intersect in an uncanny Victorian tale of unrequited love, while ''A Lunar Quartet'' introduces a matriarchal, hypersexual moon colony in the future. But as a group, these stories offer a sustained exploration of the ways gender dynamics can both empower and enslave us. Kessel's wit sparkles throughout, peaking with the most uproariously weird phone-sex conversation you'll ever read (''The Red Phone''). A-

Originally posted Apr 18, 2008 Published in issue #988-989 Apr 25, 2008 Order article reprints
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