Something About the Animal by Cathy Stonehouse

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In Something About the Animal, Stonehouse emphasizes algebra over fire, often to a fault. The complicated technical gymnastics in these stories contribute to the alienation a reader feels. In this sense, she has perhaps been too effective for her own good.
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In Something About the Animal, Cathy Stonehouse's first collection of short fiction, the world keeps coming apart at the seams: these are stories of imminent and often destructive crisis, which in their form and structure capture the hysterical edge of hallucinatory madness in a way few writers have ever managed. These are stories about the search for meaning, of fragile, haunted understanding; real life horror stories, stories bleakly, blackly humorous, but also imbued with real hope, generosity, and beauty; stories simply not reducible to cover copy. Cathy Stonehouse is a nightmarishly gifted author, and Something About the Animal is that rather magical exception to the rule; a truly breathtaking, unforgettable debut.

 

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\Cathy Stonehouse: Cathy Stonehouse is the author of a poetry collection, The Words I Know (Press Gang Publishers, 1994). Her writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) has also appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers and anthologies including The Globe and Mail, The Literary Review of Canada, Descant, Grain, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Dropped Threads 3: Beyond the Small Circle (Random House 2006), White Ink: Poems on Motherhood (Demeter Press, 2006) and Best Canadian Stories 09. Between 2001 and 2004 she edited the award-winning literary journal Event and in 2008 co-edited the well-received creative nonfiction anthology Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood (McGill-Queens University Press, 2008). Born and raised in the UK, she holds a BA in English from Wadham College, Oxford and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. A tutor, editor and creative writing instructor she lives in East Vancouver with her husband and daughter.
 
Published May 31, 2011 by Biblioasis. 225 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Reviewed by Steven W. Beattie on Jul 15 2011

In Something About the Animal, Stonehouse emphasizes algebra over fire, often to a fault. The complicated technical gymnastics in these stories contribute to the alienation a reader feels. In this sense, she has perhaps been too effective for her own good.

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