Famous Children and Famished Adults (Paperback)
Fiction Collective 2, 9781573660693, 160pp.
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Stories that remap the world to reveal hidden places we have always suspected of existing and scenarios that show us glimpses of ourselves
In these stories, readers encounter a wizened, silent child; a documentary filmmaker lost in the Amazon; a writer physically overwhelmed by the amount of content she has generated; the disappearance of the world’s cats; and an enormous houseplant that has become quietly malevolent. Through these encounters, which are presented with insightful, intricate, and often very funny writing, readers come to know the scintillating zone where fiction and reality become indistinguishable.
Working in the tradition of voice impressionists like Maria Bamford, Hampton draws on a wide range of styles and voices to tell stories that seem at once familiar and strange, spoofed and invented. Readers who have enjoyed the work of Shirley Jackson, George Saunders, Lydia Davis, or Robert Walser will be at home in these pages, but so too will readers who have given up on fiction. These stories show us that insouciance can be beautiful, confusion can be intricate and ordered, and rule-breaking can be a discipline all its own.
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Praise For Famous Children and Famished Adults: Stories…
—Eugene Lim, author of Dear Cyborgs
—Noy Holland, author of I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like
“I cannot say enough about Famous Children and Famished Adults. Structured with an oddball, stringent logic, this is a modern masterpiece that boldly sings in cadences funny, wrenching, linguistically bold, and sweetly hopeful. It’s the work of a time/space traveling superhero, a linguistic Ninja. Brava!”
—Lynn Crawford, author of Shankus & Kitto: A Saga