My Life with Corpses
By Wylene Dunbar
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151010158, 336pp.)
Publication Date: June 2004
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.
My Life with Corpses blends a sharply defined reality with a soaring leap of imagination in the story of an enigmatic narrator we know only as Oz, a Kansas girl raised by a family
of dead people.
Oz tells how she survived her childhood only to face new dangers: the terrible risks of having feelings and the discovery that her family were not the only dead people walking around
looking as if they were alive.
Author of the award-winning Margaret Cape,Wylene Dunbar has written a novel that looks into our hearts and souls with intelligence, humor, and, finally, wisdom.
A native of Kansas, WYLENE DUNBAR has taught philosophy and practiced law. A longtime resident of Oxford, Mississippi, she currently lives in Nevada City, California.
"Overwhelming in its beauty, emotional force, and uniqueness. I have the strange feeling I''m still reading it---it''s that resonant."
-Jonathan Safron Foer
"Unusually strange and compelling."
"Despite the fantasy of her premise, Dunbar presents her story with straight-faced candor, informed by a philosopher''s grasp of logic."
"In a skillful use of magical realism, Dunbar makes her corpses real, not metaphorical."
The writing is so beautifully assured that we have no desire to leave Dunbar''s surreal fictional world."
"Extraordinary talent...quite entertaining."
More than 150 writers from 40 events will gather in New York City for PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, April 28 – May 4, 2014.
For its 10th anniversary, the festival celebrates those who have dared to stand ‘on the edge,’ risking their careers, and sometimes their lives, to speak out for their art and beliefs. Join us for a wide range of events, including debates, one-on-one conversations, participatory workshops and performances in venues throughout the city. Use the code PEN14 (use PEN2014 for events at The Public Theater) and receive a 20 percent discount on most events. www.worldvoicesfestival.org