Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives by Brad Watson
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In this, his first collection of stories since his celebrated, award-winning Last Days of the Dog-Men, Brad Watson takes us even deeper into the riotous, appalling, and mournful oddity of human beings.In prose so perfectly pitched as to suggest some celestial harmony, he writes about every kind of domestic discord: unruly or distant children, alienated spouses, domestic abuse, loneliness, death, divorce. In his masterful title novella, a freshly married teenaged couple are visited by an unusual pair of inmates from a nearby insane asylum?and find out exactly how mismatched they really are.With exquisite tenderness, Watson relates the brutality of both nature and human nature. There?s no question about it. Brad Watson writes so well?with such an all-seeing, six-dimensional view of human hopes, inadequacies, and rare grace?that he must be an extraterrestrial.
 

About Brad Watson

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Brad Watson teaches creative writing at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. His first collection, Last Days of the Dog-Men, won the Sue Kauffman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts & Letters; his first novel, The Heaven of Mercury, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and his Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
 
Published February 16, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 273 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Domestic dramas, failed marriages, gunshots in the night and a dash of alien intrigue punctuate a collection of gothic tales.

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The Mississippi-born writer Brad Watson uses a soft surrealism as a medium for his stories.

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The details make the difference in this bleak, initially familiar-seeming anthology of Southland tales.

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The details make the difference in this bleak, initially familiar-seeming anthology of Southland tales.

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Esquire

Like Latvians writing not only about assimilating in New York but going home to bury their dead, and Indians writing not just about emigrating to Boston but returning to India as tourists, the new Southern literature is about the bleeding between north and south — and vice versa.

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