The Miniature Wife and Other Stories (2013) Is there a term for something that's sad, funny, and strange all at once? Sunge ? Frad ? Because that would describe this imaginative debut,… 2013-01-10 Fiction Short Stories Riverhead Hardcover
Book Review

The Miniature Wife and Other Stories (2013)

THE MINATURE WIFE AND OTHER STORIES Manuel Gonzales

THE MINIATURE WIFE: AND OTHER STORIES by Manuel Gonzales

THE MINATURE WIFE AND OTHER STORIES Manuel Gonzales
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 10, 2013; Writer: Manuel Gonzales; Genres: Fiction, Short Stories; Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover

Is there a term for something that's sad, funny, and strange all at once? Sunge? Frad? Because that would describe this imaginative debut, The Minature Wife and Other Stories perfectly. Gonzales' stories often start with a fantastical premise — a con artist buys a unicorn; a hijacked plane circles the earth for 20 years — but even the most absurd emotional conflicts feel familiar somehow, which only makes them more moving. In one story, a zombie falls for his co-worker and struggles with the urge to bite her husband. Even the beasts here seem deeply human. A-

Originally posted Jan 09, 2013 Published in issue #1242 Jan 18, 2013 Order article reprints