Black Glass

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: June 2015

Duration: 8 hours 33 minutes

Summary:

First published in 1998 to high praise and now reissued with the addition of a prefatory essay, Black Glass showcases the extraordinary talents of this prizewinning author. In fifteen gem-like tales, Karen Joy Fowler lets her wit and vision roam freely, turning accepted norms inside out and fairy tales upside down-pushing us to reconsider our unquestioned verities and proving once again that she is among our most subversive writers. By turns tender and funny, these stories are also dark and acerbic-the unexpected sting that jolts us out of our comfort zone. A master of the sly feint and cunning conceit, Fowler toys with figures from myth, history, and pop culture, upsetting all our expectations.

So here is Carry Nation loose again, breaking up topless bars and radicalizing women as she preaches clean living to men more intent on babes and booze. And here is Mrs. Gulliver, her patience with her long-voyaging Lemuel worn thin: money is short and the kids can't even remember what their dad looks like. And what of Tonto, the ever faithful companion, turning forty without so much as a birthday phone call from that masked man?

Playing with time, chance, and reality, Black Glass is a stunning collection of brilliantly original stories. As Kirkus Reviews said: "Ferociously imaginative stories in an accomplished and risk-taking work from one of our most interesting writers."

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