God, the Moon, and Other Megafauna

God, the Moon, and Other Megafauna

by Kellie Wells


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Kellie Wells is a writer of startling imagination whose "phantasmal stories," Booklist says, "shimmer with a dreamlike vibrancy." God, the Moon, and Other Megafauna, Wells's second collection of short stories and winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction, is populated with the world's castoffs, cranks, and inveterate oddballs, the deeply aggrieved, the ontologically challenged, the misunderstood mopes that haunt the shadowy wings of the world?s main stage. Here you will find a teacup-sized aerialist who tries to ingest the world's considerable suffering; a lonely god growing ever lonelier as the Afterlife swells with monkeys and other improbable occupants; a father fluent in the language of the Dead who has difficulty communicating with his living son; and Death himself, a moony adolescent with a tender heart and a lack of ambition. God-haunted and apocalyptic, comic and formally inventive, these stories give lyrical voice to the indomitability of the everyday underdog, and they will continue to resonate long after the last word has been read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780268102265
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 09/30/2017
Series: Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Kellie Wells is the author of a previous collection of short fiction, Compression Scars, which was the winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award, and two novels, Skin and Fat Girl, Terrestrial, a finalist for the Paterson Prize in Fiction. A congenital Midwesterner, Wells currently lives in Tuscaloosa, where she is associate professor of English at the University of Alabama.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii


A Unified Theory of Human Behavior 3

L'Enfant du Paradis 18

Moon, Moon, My Honey 44


Threnody 57

In the Hatred of a Minute 61

Ever After 73


Telling the Chicken 87

Kansas 90

The Rising Girl 101


Animalmancy 113

The Girl, the Wolf, the Crone 125

The Grift of the Magpie 132


The Incinerating Place 143

The Sorrows 158

The Arse End of the World 163

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