These thirty short stories were written by the author in her early twenties, and four of them were first published by McSweeney’s in Issue #4. The tales feature mermaids, dumplings, and men and women navigating a bleak, contemporary landscape. The stories are often surreal and frequently funny. The collection was recently reissued in a beautiful 10th Anniversary Edition.

"Heti's overall sensibility is reminiscent of a remark Brassai once made about his photographs: 'I never sought to express anything but reality itself, than which there is nothing more surreal.'"

- The Toronto Star

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