Hybrid Creatures: Stories


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$19.95  $18.55
LSU Press
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8.0 X 8.39 X 0.41 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Matthew Baker is the author of the children's novel If You Find This, a Booklist Top Ten Debut of 2015 and an Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile Mystery. Baker's stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, New England Review, The Southern Review, Electric Literature, One Story, and elsewhere.


No one writes quite like Matthew Baker, and Hybrid Creatures is an astonishingly unique collection. Through the language of coding, mathematics, and musical notation, the characters in these stories analyze their worlds through ordered systems of logic that attempt to make sense of the inexplicability of grief and loss. This is a beautiful book from an observant and talented writer. I couldn't put it down.--Anne Valente
In Hybrid Creatures, a character asserts that 'there were no superior or inferior forms, ' but these are fantastic, fearless stories that I could not imagine until Baker, with such care and control, led me toward something altogether a superior form. An amazing discovery.--Kevin Wilson
Oh damn, Matthew Baker has outdone himself. Hybrid Creatures is a deep dive into some of the most fascinating character-minds in fiction. A hacker, a mathematically gifted child, a composer, and a philosopher each process the world through their field's systems of notation. And yet feeling rules every page. Emotionally intimate, bursting with longing and humor, these stories disarm, delight, and surprise. Baker is a literary innovator^genius.--Kelly Luce