Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories

Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories

Book - 2013
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Just down the highway from Connecticut's Gold Coast is the state's rusty underbelly, the wretched, used-up sort of place where you might find Xhenet Aliu's Domesticated Wild Things: the reluctant mothers, delinquent dads, and not-quite-feral children, yet dreamers all. These are the children of immigrants who found boarded-up brass mills instead of the gilded streets of America; they're the teenaged girls raised in the fluorescent glow of Greek diners, the middle-aged men with pump.
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2013
ISBN: 9780803271838
Branch Call Number: ALIU
Characteristics: x, 141 pages ; 22 cm

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

In these stories, Aliu has created a bleak world that is foreign to me, yet evident in my everyday life. These are flawed characters in a world desperate to crush them, yet I felt there was always a glimmer of hope. That's what I love about these stories. There's a poetic quality told in simple prose that forces me to see the world in a different light. These aren't feel good stories, yet I felt good reading them. Characters I might have hated under another author's control were made beautiful in Aliu's hands. These are the stories I will recall when I'm in a dark and dirty diner, when I'm in a mildew-infested locker room, when I'm at the auto shop, hoping the mechanic has good news, knowing that he doesn't.

Domesticated Wild Things is a book I'd recommend for those who love short stories, or anyone who might have at one time.

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