Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives

Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives


Book - 2010
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In this, his first collection of stories since his celebrated, award-winning Last Days of the Dog-Men, Brad Watson takes us even deeper into the riotous, appalling, and mournful oddity of human beings.In prose so perfectly pitched as to suggest some celestial harmony, he writes about every kind of domestic discord: unruly or distant children, alienated spouses, domestic abuse, loneliness, death, divorce. In his masterful title novella, a freshly married teenaged couple are visited by an unusual pair of inmates from a nearby insane asylum--and find out exactly how mismatched they really are.With exquisite tenderness, Watson relates the brutality of both nature and human nature. There's no question about it. Brad Watson writes so well--with such an all-seeing, six-dimensional view of human hopes, inadequacies, and rare grace--that he must be an extraterrestrial.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393057119
Characteristics: 268 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 29, 2017

Brad Watson is a really great writer, although I only discovered him when I read "Miss Jane", his most recent release. This earlier collection of short stories is a wonderful book: funny, witty and extremely well-written with a sense of humanity and compassion implicit in each character. I'm loving each story as I read and then I put the book aside to let each story stay with me just a little longer.


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