No Animals We Could Name by Ted Sanders
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No Animals We Could Name by Ted Sanders The winner of the Bakeless Prize for Fiction, a bold debut collection  The animals (human or otherwise) in Ted Sanders's inventive, wistful stories are oddly familiar, yet unlike anyone you've met before. A lion made of bedsheets, with chicken bones for teeth, is brought to life by a grieving mother. When Raphael the pet lizard mysteriously loses his tail, his owners find themselves ever more desperate to keep him alive, in one sense or another. A pensive tug-of-war between an amateur angler and a halibut unfolds through the eyes of both fisherman and fish. And in the collection's unifying novella, an unusual guest's arrival at a party sets idle gears turning in startling new ways.
 

About Ted Sanders

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Ted Sanders teaches at the University of Illinois and Parkland College in Urbana-Champaign. His stories have appeared in the Georgia Review and the O. Henry Prize Stories 2010, among other places.
 
Published July 3, 2012 by Graywolf Press. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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John, the father, had been hoping to retrieve the dead lizard: “I wanted him to see what dead is.” But the lizard’s already been cremated, so John and his live-in girlfriend pretend they have the dead lizard in a box (it’s actually a sausage link).

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Publishers Weekly

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The collection’s variations—in both content and form—mean that not every story will work for every reader (more conventional stories deliver the clearest emotional impact), but all 12 are memorable, and such a broad range in a story collection is welcome.

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New York Journal of Books

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“Mr. Sanders is an author born . . . what stories he will tell.”

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Star Tribune

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These strange and emotionally resonant stories play with form, perspective and point of view.

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Portland Book Review

No Animals We Could Name: Stories is a collection of his stories and vignettes.

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Time Out Chicago

In the collection’s last piece, “Assembly,” a series of stanzas narrates a man’s obsessive and manic tinkering with an array of mechanical parts.

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Full Stop

The stories in Ted Sanders’ varied, fascinating collection, No Animals We Could Name — winner of the 2011 Bakeless Prize, out in July from Graywolf — take on their own such awareness, teaching the reader to read their intricate language.

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ForeWord Reviews

The stories collected here run the gamut from domesticated realism (“Putting the Lizard to Sleep” and “Opinion of Person”) to haunting surrealism (“Jane” and “The Lion”) to evocative prose poems (“Obit,” “The Whale Dream,” and “The Heart as a Fist”).

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