Angela Meyer - Captives. PDF

PDF Captives opens with a husband pointing his gun at his wife. There’s a woman who hears ‘the hiss of Beelzebub behind people’s voices’, a photographer who captures the desire to suicide, a man locked in a toilet who may never get out, a couple who grow young, and a prisoner who learns to swallow like a python.

There’s a touch of Annie Proulx in these stories, the way a lonely death can creep up on you and the way our sexuality will not be denied, though we may try to cover it up. Some stories feature flights into the magical, reminiscent of Roald Dahl, with the space and perception of Raymond Carver. Every story inspires us to re-think the extraordinary possibilities of life in an ordinary world.

'Angela Meyer's Captives is a collection of shimmering story-wafers, each of which hovers at exactly the sweet spot of just enough. Individually piercing, Meyer's fiction-slices fit together like the best poetry does, amplifying what came before and chiming with what comes after' - Tania Hershman, author of My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions, and The White Road And Other Stories.

'Angela Meyer's microfictions introduce a new and welcome voice. At her best she is very good. Everything is alive, nothing is explained' - Rodney Hall.

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