Instruction Manual for Swallowing by Adam Marek

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The titular story...is skewed but doesn’t have much to offer beyond the childish imaginative game; the opening story, too...is odd and evocative, but lacks the smart pull of most of the rest the stories.
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A new North American edition of an acclaimed short story collection, Instruction Manual for Swallowing explores what happens when ordinary people collide with bizarre, fantastical situations. A man discovers he has testicular cancer on the day that a Godzilla-like monster attacks the city he lives in; a kitchen-hand is put under terrible peer pressure in a restaurant for zombies; a husband and wife discover they are pregnant with 37 babies; and a man travels into the engine room of his own body to discover Busta Rhymes at the controls. The 14 stories are grotesque, hilarious, unnerving, and moving. No matter how outrageous the subject matter of the stories, they have at their heart genuine human experiences that are common to us all. Bonus BackLit materials will include two new stories and an interview with the author.
 

About Adam Marek

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Adam Marek is a writer who won the 2010 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.
 
Published April 1, 2012 by ECW Press. 251 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
Reviewed by David Berry on Apr 06 2012

The titular story...is skewed but doesn’t have much to offer beyond the childish imaginative game; the opening story, too...is odd and evocative, but lacks the smart pull of most of the rest the stories.

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Reviewed by David Berry on Apr 06 2012

These are good problems to have. Even when he isn’t spinning our internal fears into fantastical fables, Marek is terrific at setting an off-kilter mood.

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