Swallowing a Donkey's Eye by Paul Tremblay

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Farm is the mega-conglomerate food supplier for City, populated with rabidly bureaucratic superiors, and sexually deviant tour guides dressed in chicken and duck suits. City is sprawling, technocratic, and rests hundreds of feet above the coastline on the creaking shoulders of a giant wooden pier. When the narrator's single mother, whom he left behind in City, falls out of contact, he fears the worst: his mother is homeless and subsequently to be deported under City to the Pier. On his desperate search to find his mother, he encounters ecoterrorists wearing plush animal suits, City's all-powerful Mayor who is infatuated with magic refrigerators and outlaw campaigns, and an over-sexed priest who may or may not have ESP, but who is most certainly his deadbeat dad.

Whether rebelling against regimented and ridiculous Farm life, exploring the consumer-obsessed world of City, experiencing the suffering of the homeless in Pier, or confronting the secrets of his own childhood, Swallowing a Donkey's Eye's narrator is a hilarious, neurotic, and rage-filled Quixote searching for his mother, his own dignity, and the meaning of humanity.


About Paul Tremblay

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Paul Tremblay is also the author of the novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland. He is the author of the short speculative fiction collection Compositions for the Young and Old, and the novellas City Pier: Above and Below and The Harlequin and the Train. His short fiction has been nominated twice for the Bram Stoker award and won the Black Quill editor’s choice award. Stories have appeared at Weird Tales, Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three, and Best American Fantasy 3. He served as fiction editor of ChiZine and as co-editor of Fantasy Magazine, and is also the co-editor (with Sean Wallace) of the Fantasy, Bandersnatch, and Phantom anthologies. Paul is currently an advisor for the Shirley Jackson Awards. He still has no uvula, but plugs along, somehow.
Published August 15, 2012 by ChiZine. 275 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Employee #42-9-33LB-A, who has never heard a real farm animal in his life, has left the City, which deports its homeless, for six years on the Farm, a highly regimented and restricted facility where even fruit and leaves fall to the ground only on schedule.

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The Nervous Breakdown

By working in back story, by showing us the quiet moments between a mother and her son, he forces us to put down our guard, to imagine for a moment what must have come before the boy left home, before the mother disappeared, before things got messy and chaotic.

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