Creature

Amina Cain (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$16.00
Publisher
Dorothy a Publishing Project
Publish Date
November 01, 2013
Pages
144
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.4 X 6.9 inches | 0.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780984469383
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About the Author

Amina Cain writes stories that revolve quietly around human relationality, landscape, and emptiness. She is also a curator and a teacher of writing/literature. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as 3rd Bed, DENVER QUARTERLY, La Petite Zine, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA PROJECT, and Action, Yes. She is the author of I GO TO SOME HOLLOW (Les Figues Press, 2009) and CREATURE (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2013). She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Reviews

"[Cain's characters] are like people who have
narrowly escaped disaster. Shell-shocked and clothed in tatters, they slip away to a quiet place not to escape the feeling of having survived something extraordinary but to nurture it." Los Angeles Times"
"Amina Cain's stories are quiet. Her characters can I call them creatures? live in a suspended, in-between space, hovering on the edge of self-realization." Full Stop"
"Cain captures a particular kind of attempt at happiness: trying to be easy on oneself; praying at a Zen monastery; focusing on small pleasures like orchids and neatly folded towels. Perhaps that's why, in both form and content, so much here is microscopic, with a delicate sadness infusing mundane activities like bathing, spilling olive oil, and touching a wall...Cain's tone--unknowing, exhibiting the most awed reverence toward the smallest details of life and thought--remains wonderfully effective
throughout."--Publishers
Weekly

"[Cain's characters] are like people who have
narrowly escaped disaster. Shell-shocked and clothed in tatters, they slip away to a quiet place--not to escape the feeling of having survived something extraordinary but to nurture it."--Los Angeles Times
"To know what it is to know is possibly the hardest thing to achieve on the page; for a book to move from language to cognizance to real life body and soul skin and bones. CREATURE, Amina Cain's second collection of short stories, is a book that bears such magic, and I can say that I can feel it in my skin and bones. Amina's stories are quiet and vibrant, each revealing the hidden trauma of its characters or narrators so casually, it magnifies the terror. There is always something underneath the surface in her prose, that softly explodes in its own intimate magnitude, her sentences pitch-perfect crescendos."--Fanzine
"Cain [is] a fascinating and unique young writer."--Askmen.com
"Cain has that rare and glorious knack of the perfect last line--one after another, her drily funny, mysterious, and beautiful stories end with a knife straight to the heart."--Sarah McCarry
"[Cain's] stories are mysterious, full of curiosity, very dark and then suddenly extremely funny."--HTMLGiant
"Cain's remarkable ability to render thoughts and observations simply and precisely carries the reader. Each scene accrues a rising sense of tension as it continues, without any sort of narrative twist or jut, and no reliance on internet memes or name brands for content. There's not a sense of obsession with the self as much as there is a sense of the self unharbored, left living in a strangely ageless world somewhere between Emily Dickinson and David Lynch."--Blake Butler
"Cain's characters seem to live accidentally, stumbling into or out of vaguely defined situations--a cut on a hand, a stay at a monastery, a visit to a what? a ranch? a corral? The haphazardness of the narratives, the hesitance of the narrator, and the refusal to do more with the material offered, coalesce into a finely composed absence, a vast negative space around a spare, almost negligible frame . . . [Cain's] unsentimental writing also exposes a world of sentiment, so that [her] play with form opens into a depth of emotional engagement."--Word
Riot

"Amina Cain's stories are quiet. Her characters--can I call them creatures?--live in a suspended, in-between space, hovering on the edge of self-realization."--Full Stop
"Cain takes a lot of risks in her book by redefining plot and creating so many narrators who are unknowable and generally unfamiliar. But the risks pay off in sheer beauty, and, in CREATURE, she has created a beautiful monster indeed."--The Collagist