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The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead

Stories

by Chanelle Benz

On Sale: 12/12/2017

Price: $14.99

The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead

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The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead

Stories

by Chanelle Benz

On Sale: 12/12/2017

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Price: $14.99

About the Book

In ten stories of impressive range, Chanelle Benz displays a staggering command of craft as she crisscrosses through time and space, from a sixteenth-century English monastery to the Wild West, to a modern-day blighted inner city, creating a complex mosaic of humanity. The characters in Benz’s wildly imaginative collection are as varied as any in recent literature, subverting boundaries of race, gender, and class, but they share a thirst for adventure, which sends them rushing toward moral crossroads, becoming victims and perpetrators along the way. Riveting, visceral, and heartbreaking, these stories of identity, abandonment, and fierce love come together in a daring, arresting vision. Benz emerges on the scene as an indomitable talent and a brilliant new literary force.

Critical Praise

“These are bloody, unredeemed tales told with wit and unbounded invention. It’s impossible to guess what Ms. Benz’s first novel will look like, but it’s one to be impatient for.” - Wall Street Journal

“[Benz’s] unconventional tales consistently startle and charm.” - New Yorker

“Benz’s short stories reel you in...A gripping trip... Striking...You won’t have any problems turning the page, and, in fact, you might wish that each story was the beginning of a novel. Not a bad place to start a career in writing fiction.” - Houston Chronicle

“The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead” marks the debut of a startling talent; its opening story stops your breath - San Francisco Chronicle

“A mixture of semi-Gothic tales told in wide-ranging time and place, it presents a vision of a world stained and haunted by the past....Benz pulls the reader into this vortex of past/present with brutal skill and grace...an ambitious debut.” - Dallas Morning News

“Yes to Chanelle Benz and the skill, fluency and panache with which her voices interrogate and elevate narrative. There’s lots more I could say about these brilliant stories, but you’ll find out all about it and get your own joy when you read them.” - Helen Oyeyemi, author of Boy, Snow, Bird and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

“A strange and alien intelligence thrums throughout Chanelle Benz’s surprisingly deft and assured debut collection of stories. With humor and heartache, Benz demonstrates once again the elasticity of the short story and proves why it’s perhaps the perfect art form for our modern existence.” - Manuel Gonzales, author of The Miniature Wife and The Regional Office Is Under Attack!

“Chanelle Benz conjures startling, amazing worlds out of her fierce and wild imagination, out of her hard-cut sentences and through her strange and original characters. Her wicked intelligence and electric talent are evident in everything she writes.” - Dana Spiotta, author of Eat the Document and Innocents and Others

“Benz’s debut collection of 10 stories is impressive... taut, inventive language... emotionally compelling and historically vivid... Powerfully nuanced... the collection explores violence, identity, and otherness in sharply observed, fiercely eloquent prose.” - Publishers Weekly

“Dazzles readers with its many different writing styles.... As Benz’s adventurers and dreamers attempt to remake their worlds in small and big ways, there are no easy happy endings here. Yet these lyrical stories capture the urgency of lives lived with daring and concern for others.” - Booklist

“A debut collection that spans centuries and oceans, Benz’s book skips from adventure to adventure for an action-packed, imaginative read. Her stories burst with thrills, but also lay bare the crimes, compromises and traumas that shape her characters’ lives.” - Huffington Post

“[Benz] writes with beauty and formal invention...To speak of her potential—which seems limitless—seems to do a disservice to the great work she has already done. She is going to be a writer to watch for years. The stories in this collection are vital, and it’s only the beginning.” - Electric Literature

“I’ve never read a story collection with as much range and imagination...Each story in this collection has a twist, a shock, and a gut-punch epiphany. Reading is firstly an act of discovery, and Chanelle Benz proves how startling and satisfying that journey ought to be.” - Ploughshares

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062490780
  • ISBN 10: 0062490788
  • Imprint: Ecco
  • On Sale: 12/12/2017
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.541 in (d)
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price: $14.99
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Short Stories (single author)