Peru by Gordon Lish
(American Literature Series)

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Mr. Lish, a renowned innovator in contemporary literary fiction, weaves together a story about murdering his childhood rival in a sandbox ... in the style of a Hollywood pitch, imagine a Dexter Morgan book written by Gertrude Stein.
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Arguably Gordon Lish's masterpiece, Peru begins with its narrator announcing, "There is nothing which I will not tell you if I can think of it." Gradually, the story of a dark childhood secret-real or imagined-unfolds: in 1940, six-year-old Gordon murdered his harelipped rival, Steven Adinoff, in a Long Island sandbox... (unless he didn't). Peru's narrator weaves together strands of disconnected, mesmerizing trivia, resurrecting memories of the mundane suburban childhood that spawned a killing: the sense of tedium on an endless summer day; the squishy sounds of a hoe digging into flesh. Ambiguous, complex, inventive, and subversively comic, Peru is a compendium of unnerving observations about memory, violence, obsession, and the potential horror behind the facade of an ordinary life.
 

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M Sarki was born in East Tawas, Michigan in 1953. A poet with four collections published, Sarki also wrote the screenplay Alphonso Bow which was produced by Nut Bucket Films. M Sarki has also written a book of shorter prose (Shorter Prose) and he has a novel collection of lyrical fiction published in 2014 titled Stamped Against the Night. M Sarki has written, directed, and produced six short films titled Gnoman's Bois de Rose; Biscuits and Striola; The Tools of Migrant Hunters; My Father's Kitchen; GL; and Cropped Out 2010.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Dalkey Archive Press. 191 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Rhonda Sturtz on Apr 04 2013

Mr. Lish, a renowned innovator in contemporary literary fiction, weaves together a story about murdering his childhood rival in a sandbox ... in the style of a Hollywood pitch, imagine a Dexter Morgan book written by Gertrude Stein.

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