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Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories #2020

Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories Just down the highway from Connecticut s Gold Coast is the state s rusty underbelly the wretched used up sort of place where you might find Xhenet Aliu s Domesticated Wild Things the reluctant mothe

  • Title: Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories
  • Author: Xhenet Aliu
  • ISBN: 9780803271838
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
  • Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories By Xhenet Aliu, Just down the highway from Connecticut s Gold Coast is the state s rusty underbelly, the wretched, used up sort of place where you might find Xhenet Aliu 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 AmJust down the highway from Connecticut s Gold Coast is the state s rusty underbelly, the wretched, used up sort of place where you might find Xhenet Aliu 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 they 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 irresistible and as moving as they are amusing by a writer whose work is at once edgy and endearing and prize winning for reasons any reader can appreciate.

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    1. Once upon a time I loved short stories Gradually I began to see how constraining they could be, and my love lessened The I fell in love with novels, particularly epic novels, the I felt the short story was choking me, hoping to drain me of life and passion I still read the occasional collection of short stories, and I write short pieces once in a long while out of necessity, but I haven t loved short fiction for many years.Domesticated Wild Things may be the book that changes this for me Time [...]

    2. This author has a serious talent for capturing the real world and the actual happenings, not just the sugar coated version of them dressed up like a four year old pageant girl and trotted out to the judges This piece is the little girl in a baggy t shirt, scraped knees, and a horrible story about her family s landlord that will take years of therapy to move beyond Though I tend to dislike the grittier side of life and story telling, this collection is real an honest, and I really couldn t ask fo [...]

    3. Three outstanding short stories are contained in this collection and the rest are all solid reads I enjoyed the quirkiness and the strong voice of the characters Unique and original Worth a look.

    4. I liked the cover, a photo by Helen Levitt She s a good choice because her subjects are Aliu s subjects The author has a great ear for language.

    5. Xhenet has quickly become a favorite and an inspiration of mine The stories may be grim, but I got a sense of that through the title of the collection What struck me was the realness of each story The characters were real, the situations were real, and I was all in Right after she was published my class studied her works at our university, one Aliu and I both have in common Being exposed to her style of writing opened new windows to my own styles, as well as windows to my own preferences for rea [...]

    6. A very strong collection of short stories that are widely varied in subject matter Many of them are dark but not scarey as they deal with people and subjects that most readers would be somewhat uncomfortable with characters who are struggling to survive against a deck of cards stacked against them The book is full of interesting personalities and well developed plots that many times are not seen is short stories It is my hope that Ms Aliu will tackle writing a novel in the near future as she is [...]

    7. A few glimpses into the disturbed lives of friends, neighbors and strangers These stories are addicting, informative, bleak, and hopeful I find the characters creeping into my life when I receive junk mail or while pumping gas I m left wondering what has happened to all of these people after we ve read about a moment, a day, a week of their drab trying to make it by existence I look forward to reading

    8. Flawed characters make perfect stories in Aliu s debut collection The portraits she paints are so devastatingly real that they inspire both empathy and discomfort Aliu s fiction hits close to to the bone and makes you yearn for home but grateful you never have to go back Funny Heartbreaking Read this book.

    9. Stories are quite grim, portraying a society that exists but is not often portrayed in books The writer has an interesting style, ending each story in a surprising manner But I cannot say that I enjoyed the stories.

    10. I just couldn t get into this at all , The stories would start off good but peter out quickly Not worth wasting time.

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