From the author of the "enthralling" (New York Times Book Review) and "beautiful" (Washington Post) debut novel The Vexations comes an exciting new story collection that is "perfect for fans of George Saunders and Karen Russell" (Booklist), moving boldly between the real and the surreal
Following her "marvelous" (Wall Street Journal) first novel, Caitlin Horrocks returns with a much-anticipated collection of short stories. In her signature, genre-defying style, she explodes our notions of what a story can do and where it can take us.
Life Among the Terranauts demonstrates all the inventiveness that won admirers for Horrocks's first collection. In "The Sleep," reprinted in Best American Short Stories, residents of a town in the frigid Midwest decide to hibernate through the bitter winters. In the title story, half a dozen people move into an experimental biodome for a shot at a million dollars, if they can survive two years. And in "Sun City," published in The New Yorker, a young woman meets her grandmother's roommate in the wake of her death and attempts to solve the mystery of whether the two women were lovers.
As the Boston Globe noted of her first collection, Horrocks is a master of "wild yet delicately handled satire," a "sprightly heartbreak" in which she is able to "mingle a note of tenderness in the desolation." With its startling range--from Norwegian trolls to Peruvian tour guides--Life Among the Terranauts once again dazzles readers, cementing Horrocks's reputation as one of the premier young writers of our time.
Caitlin Horrocks is the author of the story collection This Is Not Your City and the novel The Vexations, a Wall Street Journal Top Ten Book of the Year. She is a recipient of the O. Henry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and the Plimpton Prize. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Tin House, and One Story, among other magazines, and has been reprinted in The Best American Short Stories. She lives with her family in Grand Rapids, Michigan.