Gutshot, Amelia Gray, Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2015, 207 pp
Installment #3 of the tale of my April reading slump, in which I hit bottom.
Continuing my lethal slide into reading apathy, I struggled through this collection of short stories. Gutshot was the May 2015 selection of the Nervous Breakdown Book Club. I had listened to the Other People podcast with Amelia Gray some months ago and she sounded fairly normal. Reader, she is not!
I know there is a crossing-genres genre called The Weird and this collection would qualify. It is not Sci Fi but looks at a layer of society living probably right next to us but largely invisible. Messed up, weird people who do gross things and live outside what is thought of as mainstream.
Do I need to be aware of these things? Do such people need a voice or a place in literature? While reading these stories, I would go to the grocery store or RiteAid or 7-11 and wonder if some of the humans I saw there might be like the people in the book. Major creep factor.
Out of the 35 mostly very short stories, I only found 4 that were tolerable. "Western Passage," "Gutshot," "Year of the Snake," and "Legacy." I am sorry Amelia Gray. I know you have admirers so I guess you can do without me.
(Gutshot is available in paperback by order from Once Upon A Time Bookstore.)
Stay tuned for the next installment when I attempt to climb out of my slump.