Half ingenuous and half wily, winningly hard to pin down. The result is a kind of everyday fantastic. Dalton nails the Walserian trick of evincing a sincerity nearly indistinguishable from irony. The effect is a poised instability, more uncanny than the magic the stories sometimes describe.
-Brooklyn Rail The stories] feel like brilliant sexual fairy tales on drugs. Dalton writes of self-discovery and sex with a knowing humility and humor.
-Interview Magazine 'Pura Vida, ' about an emotionally unavailable journalist on assignment to cover a sloth clinic in Costa Rica, is a standout, its final moment between woman and sloth arriving with breathtaking lightness, like the first flower of spring. Other memorable outings include trips to the Missouri Ozarks (Wet Look), the Alps (Shrub of Emotion), and the Painted Desert (Baby Geisha), with men and women on the verge of, but never quite reaching, psycho-sexual breakthroughs.
-Los Angeles Magazine Critic's Pick Baby Geisha] pokes fun, it's satirical, there's an underlying delicious irony to it, and the telling parts are the ones where Dalton coins names, cuts down trees with her paragraphs, gives us just a touch of the absurd... Dalton's skill as a writer, and above all her expertise in choosing words that play into a darker cultural picture--an offsetting of America's natural high --are not to be missed here.
Baby Geisha is a collection of thirteen sexually-charged stories that roam from the Coney Island Ferris wheel to the Greek Isles.True to Trinie Dalton's form, the stories in Baby Geisha are distinctly imagined while also representing a more grounded approach in the author's style. There's the Joan Didion-obsessed starving journalist of Pura Vida, struggling to maintain a relationship with her performance artist sisters (or anyone, for that matter), on assignment in Costa Rica to write an article on sloth-hugging. Millennium Chill is about a woman who discovers that her body heat is mysteriously linked to that of an elderly beggar. Baby Geisha serves to support Dalton's reputation as a remarkable stylist and a very original artist.
Two Dollar Radio, 9780983247104, 162pp.
Publication Date: January 16, 2012