Radio Belly by Buffy Cram
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Radio Belly is, overall, an entertaining read, and Cram’s writing pulled me from story to story with its promise of wit and a new lens through which to see the world.
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In the surreal world of Buffy Cram's stories, someone or something slips beneath the skin of her already beleaguered characters. Stealing into their worlds, it rearranges the familiar into something strange and possibly threatening, making off with their emotional and even physical goods.

A smug suburbanite becomes obsessed with the 'hybrids,' the wandering mob of intellectual vagrants overrunning his complacent little cul de sac, snacking on pate and reciting poetry; a father and daughter's post-apocalyptic Pacific island civilization, built of floating garbage and sustained entirely by rubber, is beginning to fray, literally, revealing something disastrously like moss beneath its smooth synthetic skin; following an appendectomy, a young woman's belly starts transmitting what sound like Russian radio signals.

Inhabited, occupied, possessed--suddenly, the world as they knew it is no longer quite recognizable, not to mention safe-if it actually was safe before. But it's the surprising, often revelatory ways in which Cram's characters navigate through these strange new landscapes that imbues these stories with complexity, grace and luster.
 

About Buffy Cram

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Buffy Cram's fiction has appeared in The Bellevue Literary Review and Darwin's Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Berlin & San Francisco.
 
Published March 23, 2012 by Douglas & McIntyre. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Angela Hickman on Apr 20 2012

Radio Belly is, overall, an entertaining read, and Cram’s writing pulled me from story to story with its promise of wit and a new lens through which to see the world.

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Reviewed by Zoe Whittall on May 25 2012

...it’s supposed to be a snappy graphic novel or a children’s book, but everything within Radio Belly is nothing like you might expect, and giving you the unexpected is what this promising young writer is best at.

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Reviewed by Angela Hickman on Apr 20 2012

Radio Belly is, overall, an entertaining read, and Cram’s writing pulled me from story to story with its promise of wit and a new lens through which to see the world.

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