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- DescriptionTwo bombs over Japan. Two shells. One called Little Boy, one called Fat Man. Three days apart. The one implicit in the other. Brothers. Named one of Flavorwire 's best independent books of 2014, and winner of the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. In this striking debut vel, the atomic bombs dropped on Japan are personified as Fat Man and Little Boy. This small measure of humanity is a cruelty the bombs must suffer. Given life from death, the brothers' journey is one of surreal and unsettling discovery, transforming these symbols of mass destruction into beacons of longing and hope. Impressive. . . The vel straddles a hybrid genre of historical magical realism. - The Japan Times Meginnis s talent is his ability to make the reader feel empathy for souls who killed so many. . . Many pages in this vel feel like engravings . . . Meginnis has written one of the best, most natural vels about the atomic bombs. - Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions [An] imaginative debut. . . Meginnis story is both surprising and incisive. - Publishers Weekly Named one of the year s most impressive debut velists by the 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival An imaginative and surprisingly intimate look at the consequences of our actions and the costs of war. - Library Journal In his inventive and fabulist debut vel Fat Man and Little Boy Mike Meginnis lends a surprisingly human dimension to the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during World War II. - Largehearted Boy Throughout Fat Man and Little Boy, Meginnis s language is lumius and disarmingly spare, whether he is invoking a naturalist moment or a fantastical metamorphosis. - Necessary Fiction Beguiling, strange, and strangely lovely, Fat Man and Little Boy is a deeply sorrowful yet mysteriously empowering debut. Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers Only someone with the deftness of heart of a writer like Mike Meginnis could redefine the war vel into something like Fat Man and Little Boy, a book which translates our basic world of never-ending terror into a highly nuanced and inventive diorama available absolutely where else. Blake Butler, author of Scorch Atlas and There is No Year Mike Meginnis is my favorite kind of writerextraordinarily inventive, formally curious, profoundly movingand his Fat Man and Little Boy is a debut of impressive ambition, a reinvention of the historical vel, an existential thriller powered by the booming engines of history, the atom, the human heart. Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods In Fat Man and Little Boy, Mike Meginnis takes the mother of all atrocities and makes it strange, sizable, turns it so sideways that we're forced to tice, to take heed. This alone is an achievement, but it's the way he does it that dazzleswith gorgeous, careful prose that gives us human failings and a desperate longing for connection so vividly rendered that we have choice but drink it in, to reckon once again with this disaster in our own time and way. Amber Sparks, author of The Desert Places and May We Shed These Human Bodies
- Author BiographyMike Meginnis was named one of the year s most impressive debut novelists by the 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival. He has published stories in Best American Short Stories 2012, The Collagist, PANK, and many others. He contributes regularly to HTML Giant and Kill Screen, and plays collaborative text adventures at exitsare.com. He earned his MFA at New Mexico State University, where he served as a managing editor of Puerto del Sol for two years. He now lives and works in Iowa City, where he operates Uncanny Valley Press with his wife, Tracy Rae Bowling. He has never seen the ocean.
- Author(s)Mike Meginnis
- PublisherBlack Balloon Publishing
- Date of Publication14/10/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintBlack Balloon Publishing
- Weight544 g
- Width142 mm
- Height208 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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