Imaginary Museums: Stories

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Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Soft Skull Press
Publish Date
Pages
128
Dimensions
5.5 X 8.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781593765866

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About the Author

Nicolette Polek is a writer from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a recipient of the 2019 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award.

Reviews

Recipient of the 2019 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award
An American Booksellers Association Indie Next Selection

Polek's imagery comes through like flashes in a silent film. In one memorably vivid scene, a landlord shows a couple a video of herself as a child, smashing strawberries into sheep's wool. Another narrator's grandfather falls in love at 26 with a woman who loves flowers; one day he sneaks into her house to water all her plants. But he doesn't stop there, watering her quilt, her phone and her carpet. This may seem destructive, or cruel, but in Polek's world, it feels more like beauty. --Maya Chung, The New York Times Book Review

Imaginary Museums to me was like Michael Earl Craig combined with Lorrie Moore and Kafka and a nature documentary. --Tao Lin, The Believer

A collection of flash fiction that feels seemingly arbitrary with an ache of human longing for connection peppered in. A few of the stories are left with loose ends, so you can decide the outcome which feels like a 'choose your own adventure' in a way. These bizarre but beautiful stories transport you elsewhere with no intention of bringing you back. --Ashleah Gonzales, W magazine

Polek's stories are themselves trapdoors, to worlds that, though they feel like they could be our own, are separated to some degree by elements we might construe as strange in our everyday life. --Alex JimΓ©nez, The Daily Californian

These sad, sharp, sometimes satirical snapshots are well worth your time. Do not walk past them too quickly or you will miss Polek's remarkable and necessary glimpses into the human heart. --Charles Ellenbogen, Cleveland Review of Books

Imaginary Museums reads like a kind of Twilight Zone, in which everyday people living their everyday lives find themselves in a prison of their own making. There's something dark about them, but then you turn the page and find yourself laughing at her dry wit. Each story is tightly coiled, brightly polished, and they're all a delight to discover. --Katie Yee, Literary Hub

These stories--more accurately categorized as flash fiction--are parable-like sketches, elegantly rendered, ranging from uncanny to mythical . . . Polek's stories are not without a sense of profound grace . . . The beauty of these stories rests in their simplicity and control. --Leah Rodriguez, Paperback Paris

A yearning lives under these stories . . . A slim volume of even slimmer stories that pack a quiet darkness, a silent wonder, and a grounded reality amidst beautiful absurdity. --Chelsea Sutton, The Adroit Journal

Delightfully different, Imaginary Museums still happens to hit upon the human urge for connection, acceptance, and a higher power. --Sophie Matthews, Women.com

Trapdoors shine and exits shimmer in Nicolette Polek's debut collection of short stories Imaginary Museums . . . These stories are spare, but full and memorable . . . Polek helps us see, through a dark and mundane world, the strange, wavering light. We need that light. And now, maybe more than ever, it can be hard to make out. --Bella Bravo, Mask

In Polek's deliciously unnerving debut, the mundane is made very strange, as everyday objects or normal people are considered in new and unsettling ways . . . A surprising and potent catalogue of small, eerie discoveries. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Nicolette Polek's Imaginary Museums is a collection of pressure-cooked little diamonds: smart, funny, succinct, and sure to be a classic. People will be reading this book for a long time. --Juliet Escoria, author of Juliet the Maniac