Oh God, Your Babies Are So Delicious
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In this first anthology of Vi Khi Nao's stories, the intelligence of cutting-edge fiction playfully twists around fruit, suburban disorders, grim butterflies, and intimate glimpses into the author's dark and fantastic imagination.
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Apr 1, 2015This collection of 34 stories does not want you to relax. And truly, you must be on guard 34 times since no two stories hit the same note. It's like reading Donald Barthelme in that sense, in the sense of never knowing what is next, only Oh God's stories are meaner and lustier than Barthelme's. In reading this collection, you might find yourself eating a baby one moment, and wishing you were with Chrstine's hair let down in the next. It's a breathtaking collection, but you might need to wear a helmet.
Jun 27, 2014I'm paralyzed by the brilliance of Vi Khi Nao's Oh, God, Your Babies are so Delicious. Her stories, like Lydia Davis, Diane Williams, and Chiara Barzini, are stunning in that they are filled with majestic lines and disturbing images that stay with you for a long time. I read this book in one sitting and will return to it. Highly recommended.
Jun 27, 2014Oh God, Your Babies Are So Delicious requires a certain immersion and cerebral imagination of the reader to be able to absorb its complexities. A poetic anthology that integrates the painful realities of a dysfunctional society into a series of short stories. The imagination and creativity of this book left me craving for more. To be able to seamlessly blend poetic anecdotes with quality literary fiction seems to come effortlessly to the author, Vi Khi Nao. This book is a must read for those that have a lust for transcendent stories that provoke an imagery of erotic yet disturbing stories, but also has interlaced moments of beauty and a mysterious insightfulness into somewhat taboo thoughts and experiences. I am waiting with great anticipation for the next anthology from this emerging and wonderfully accomplished author.
Jun 27, 2014Falling somewhere between short fiction and lyric poetry, "Oh, God, Your Babies Are So Delicious" is a remarkable exploration of language and its possibilities. Erudite, deeply erotic and equally cruel, with the airy grace of a fairy tale (that sometimes folds back on itself), Vi Khi Nao's voice is clear but constantly changing, always self-aware, and capable of pretty much anything. There are beautiful, grotesque, insightful stories; stories that are really poems; poems that are really stories. Some highlights are "Janet and the Tub of Popcorn", "The Problem With Modern Literature," (which is only one sentence), "The Baby," and "Will You Deflect my Posture," but the quality is generally high through most of the collection. Somehow, Nao manages to write about cucumbers and abortions, incest, eating babies, and raping mothers without necessarily being a transgressive writer. Later on I noticed the book falling into certain formal... More > patterns. Nao seems to have a few modes she was particularly interested in exploring, and it's great to see the very different treatment of similar forms throughout the collection. This is definitely experimental writing, and probably more interesting to readers of poetry than fiction, but it all felt very fresh and alive. As a fiction writer Barthelme is probably the closest parallel, but that's not really a good comparison either. The collection felt a little long, but there's a lot here. I read through most of it at four in the morning in one sitting, which is something I haven't done in a while--especially since I'm a novel person and it's rare for me to read collections at all. This is a challenging book but also a rewarding one, and definitely one I'd recommend checking out.< Less
Jun 27, 2014PART I -- Like all the best tales of transformation – physical, verbal, intimately corporeal – the poems & stories in this collection leave the reader with a heightened awareness of the myriad possibilities of the phenomena in which we find ourselves, and of which we are joyfully, painfully, a part. I mean I don’t know if it’s something that you are conscious of. I mean I don’t like to think in terms of derivatives, authors whom which you may have taken or influences, but it does feel like Gertrude Stein. Declarative. Simple sentences. You also may make allude to other writers: Sebald. You have a quote from Sebald. Anne Carson. “Anne Cardaughter”. The “Three Hours” talks a lot about doorframe, which makes me think of Adrienne Rich’s The Fact of a Doorframe. I don’t know if that’s something you thought of, but the idea of this kind of sentence or the way in which sentences, I think, …Grammar is about time. Tenses. Just the very act of reading. The way in which words are... More > sequential....< Less
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- Vi Khi Nao (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Per Second Press
- June 16, 2014
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.79 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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