Domesticated Wild Things, and Other Stories

Domesticated Wild Things, and Other Stories

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Just down the highway from Connecticuta€™s Gold Coast is the statea€™s rusty underbelly, the wretched, used-up sort of place where you might find Xhenet Aliua€™s Domesticated Wild Things: the reluctant mothers, delinquent dads, and not-quite-feral children, yet dreamers all. These are the children of immigrants who found boarded-up brass mills instead of the gilded streets of America; theya€™re the teenaged girls raised in the fluorescent glow of Greek diners, the middle-aged men with pump trucks and teratomas. These are people who have fled, or who should have. And if they are indeed familiar, it is because Aliu writes what is real, whether we ourselves, her readers, have seen it up close or not. And her stories make sense in a way that matters. A young mother buys into a real-estate investment seminar offered on an infomercial, only to be put back into her place by a bully in foreclosure. A closeted wrestler befriends a latchkey seven-year-old neighbor who harbors secrets of her own. A YMCA counselor tries to reclaim shoes stolen by a troubled young camper. What they share is a biting humor, an eye for the absurd, and fumbling attempts at human connection, all rendered irresistiblea€”and as moving as they are amusinga€”by a writer whose work is at once edgy and endearing and prize winning for reasons any reader can appreciate.... soda IN-STORE ONLY COUPON MUST BE PRESENTED AT TIME OF oRDER, the six-cD stereo upgrade for a limited time only with a fortya€”eighta€”month ... the three-thousand-dollar Home Depot gift card WITH YOUR DOWN PAYMENT ON A NEW PREFABRICATED HOME AT GARDENIA GARDENS MINIMUM 1SOOSQ PLAN WITH FINANCING THROUGH FIRST UNITED BANK MEMBER FDIC, theanbsp;...

Title:Domesticated Wild Things, and Other Stories
Author:Xhenet Aliu
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2013-09-01


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