Large Animals: Stories

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5.3 X 8.1 X 0.6 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author
JESS ARNDT received her MFA at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and was a 2013 Graywolf SLS Fellow and 2010 Fiction Fellow at the New York Foundation of the Arts. Her writing has appeared in Fence, Bomb, Aufgabe, Parkett, and Night Papers, and in her manifesto for the Knife's Shaking the Habitual world tour. She is a co-founder of New Herring Press, dedicated to publishing prose and polemics. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Praise for Large Animals

A Buzzfeed Best Fiction Book of 2017 - An Entropy magazine Best Book of 2017 "[A] bold new literary voice, borderless and brave." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"Jess Arndt's Large Animals is wildly original, even as it joins in with the classics of loaded, outlaw literature. Acerbic, ecstatic, hilarious, psychedelic, and affecting in turn, this is an electric debut." --Maggie Nelson, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of The Argonauts

Reading Arndt is like walking toward a shimmering desert mirage and being met with a cloud of acid instead of an oasis of cool water. . . . A deeply transgressive, riveting shot out of the gate. Arndt is one to watch. --Kirkus Reviews

Arndt's short stories are delicious flights of fancy, or obsession, or fertile curiosity--or, more accurately, some beguiling combination of all three...This is a playful and provocative collection, full of sly, deft turns of phrase and striking imagery. --Publishers Weekly

Arndt tells stories that resemble handfuls of ribbons--vibrant, overlapping, tangled, seemingly more middles than beginnings and endings. . . . Arndt's keen, wild stories are truly original, and readers will hope for more. --Booklist

"Arndt's vivid, rollicking stories represent a new kind of American outlaw literature, of transgression and nonconformity and queerness and heart, all told in a propulsive, original voice." --Literary Hub

The stories and the characters within defy description and deal with identity, gender dysphoria, and body dysmorphia. They're stories for anyone who refuses to conform, or struggles with a changing personal narrative, to the point where even language can barely express the way they feel. Often hallucinatory, sometimes transgressive, usually queer, and always human, these stories about bodies go straight for the heart. --Brit + Co

Strange, smart, and probing... an important voice on timely questions of the body politic.--Elle

Large Animals is in the bite." --Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

"Jess Arndt has crafted a queer uncanny, an eerily recognizable landscape of dark magic and darker humor where the instability of bodies, desire, relationships, and the self take on a supernatural dimension. A tremendously exciting collection." --Michelle Tea, author of Black Wave

"Metamorphosis--of time, of space, of character--is exposed in every playful sentence of Large Animals. Language will not be kept in its form. Life, poetry, gender are always in the process of transformation, and this fundamental condition is at the heart of Jess Arndt's stories. Large Animals is a strange and beautiful must-read." --Dorthe Nors, author of Karate Chop and So Much for That Winter

[Arndt's] stories don't map with the intention of revealing a destination, but rather at illuminating the nebulous territory that precedes it. --The East Bay Review

Jess Arndt's writing is so strange and imaginative that it provides release from the real world.--Dayna Evans, The Cut