Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead (Paperback)

Stories

By Alan Deniro

Small Beer Press, 9781931520171, 215pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2006

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Description

Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead is Minneapolis-based poet and writer A. DeNiro's wide-ranging and assured debut fiction collection.

DeNiro's stories have been published in the most forward-looking magazines including Fence, Crowd, One Story, Strange Horizons, and 3rd Bed.

These stories skitter sideways across literary and genre fiction categories, using the toolbox of genres like science fiction and fantasy to grapple with issues of identity, family, gender, and politics. DeNiro is frequently funny, surreal, or slapstick, but these stories also connect with readers on an emotional level, in unexpected and surprising ways. Even in the oddest of DeNiro's stories, characters are real people grappling with real relationships, real heartbreaks, the small, cruel, pinprick absurdities of a universe which is larger and stranger than most writers ever realize.

A MAN LOSES his leg in a war, and a field doctor sews on a fairy tale in its place. A woman excavates her living room in order to discover what has become of her marriage. The Byzantine army invades a small college town. Giants move in next door. A boy in a town called Suddenly falls in love with a girl who lives in the Lake of the Dead. The secret history of Erie -- past, present, and future -- is revealed.



About the Author

Anya Johanna DeNiro lives and writes in Minnesota. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's, One Story, Strange Horizons, Persistent Visions and elsewhere, and she's been a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award. She currently writes YA novels about the adventures of trans women. She can be found online on Twitter, usually, at twitter.com/adeniro.


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