Unlucky Lucky Days (American Readers #9) (Paperback)

By Daniel Grandbois

BOA Editions, 9781934414101, 125pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2008

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July 2008 Indie Next List

“The short, interconnected pieces of Unlucky Lucky Days should be on the shelf of every high school English teacher, every writer who's sat and stared at a blank page, and every reader who is looking for a quick laugh. Very, very strange -- in a good way, of course.”
— Keri Holmes, The Kaleidoscope: Our Focus Is You, Hampton, IA
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"These are funny, bizarre, moving stories--a pleasure to read."--Lydia Davis

"Grandbois is a master of the double-edged word, of stories that both cut through the world like butter and double-back to saw themselves to bits."--Brian Evenson

"Grandbois' trembling leaflets bring to life all the rejecta and detritus scattered in such silent and secretive array around us, recovering all we thought lost or dead."--Eleni Sikelianos

"Animated by a wonderfully droll and fantastical imagination, these little stories are delicious."--Rikki Ducornet

Praise for The Hermaphrodite (An Hallucinated Memoir)

" A] collage of satire and slapstick, allegory and hallucination...an "art novel" in the fullest sense."--Marguerite Feitlowitz

"A modern space-time set of interconnected myths and stories . . . startling sets of shape shiftings and melting tableaus . . . elegantly precise . . . graceful . . . a work of art."--Ed Sanders

Inventive, disconcerting, and hilarious, these seventy-three tales of our Unlucky Lucky Days might well be termed Dr. Seuss for adults. They call to mind Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories as readily as they do Italo Calvino's Cosmicomics, Rikki Ducornet's Butcher's Tales and Woody Allen's most literary writings. Braced on the shoulders of the fabulists, fantasists, absurdists, surrealists and satirists who came before him, Daniel Grandbois dredges up impossible meanings from the mineral and plant kingdoms, as well as the animal, and serves them to us as if they were nothing more fantastic than a plate of eggs and ham.

Daniel Grandbois' other book, The Hermaphrodite (An Hallucinated Memoir), with forty original woodcuts by Argentine printmaker Alfredo Benavidez Bedoya, is forthcoming from Green Integer in fall 2008. Grandbois' writing has appeared in Conjunctions, Fiction, Boulevard, Sentence, Del Sol Review, and the anthologies Freak Lightning and Online Writing: The Best of the First Ten Years, among many others. Also a musician, Daniel plays or has played in three of the pioneering bands of "The Denver Sound: " Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Tarantella, and Munly.



About the Author

Daniel Grandbois was born in Minnesota and raised in Colorado, where he lives today with his wife and children. The Hermaphrodite (An Hallucinated Memoir), with forty original woodcuts by renowned Argentine printmaker Alfredo Benavidez Bedoya is forthcoming from Green Integer in September 2007. Also a musician, Daniel has played upright bass for Tarantella and Slim Cessna's Auto Club.