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“Haunting. . . . Wonderfully strange and eerie, Intimations outlines the confusion, loss, and anxieties that underlie the different stages of mortality, forcing us to re-examine the often unsettling realities of our existence.” — Buzzfeed

“Brilliantly alive. . . . the world is parsed with a charming exactitude that magnifies all its latent marvels and especially horrors—the blacker and more peculiar these stories get, the funnier they are.” — New York Times Book Review

From the celebrated author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, a thought-provoking, often unsettling story collection that consists, broadly, of narrative diagrams of the three main stages in a human life: birth, life, and death.

Alexandra Kleeman’s debut novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine earned her comparisons to Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Ben Marcus, and Tom Perrotta. It was praised by the New York Times as "a powerful allegory of our civilization’s many maladies, artfully and elegantly articulated, by one of the young wise women of our generation."

In her second book, a collection of twelve stories irresistibly seductive in their strangeness, she explores human life from beginning to end: the distress of birth into a world already formed; the brief and confusing period of "living" where we understand what is expected of us and struggle to do it; and the death-y period toward the end where we sense it is ending and will end only partially understood, at best.

The title is taken from one of the stories ("Intimation"), but is also a play on Wordsworth's "Intimations of Immortality"—only in this case it’s not clear exactly what is being intimated, but it’s nothing so gleaming and good as Immortality. The middle, "Living" section of the book, is fleshed out with a set of stories that borrow more from traditional realist fiction to illustrate the inner lives of the characters.

At once familiar and mysterious, these stories have an eerie resonance as its characters find themselves in new and surprising situations. An unnamed woman enters a room with no exit and a ready-made life; the disappearance of people, objects, and memory creates an apocalypse; the art of dance is used to try to tame a feral child; the key to surviving a house-party lies in knowing the difference between fake and real blood.

Elegant, surprising, wondrous, and haunting, Intimations is an utterly transporting collection from one of our most ingenious and brilliant young writers.

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“Haunting. . . . Wonderfully strange and eerie, Intimations outlines the confusion, loss, and anxieties that underlie the different stages of mortality, forcing us to re-examine the often unsettling realities of our existence.” — Buzzfeed

“Brilliantly alive. . . . the world is parsed with a charming exactitude that magnifies all its latent marvels and especially horrors—the blacker and more peculiar these stories get, the funnier they are.” — New York Times Book Review

From the celebrated author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, a thought-provoking, often unsettling story collection that consists, broadly, of narrative diagrams of the three main stages in a human life: birth, life, and death.

Alexandra Kleeman’s debut novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine earned her comparisons to Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Ben Marcus, and Tom Perrotta. It was praised by the New York Times as "a powerful allegory of our civilization’s many maladies, artfully and elegantly articulated, by one of the young wise women of our generation."

In her second book, a collection of twelve stories irresistibly seductive in their strangeness, she explores human life from beginning to end: the distress of birth into a world already formed; the brief and confusing period of "living" where we understand what is expected of us and struggle to do it; and the death-y period toward the end where we sense it is ending and will end only partially understood, at best.

The title is taken from one of the stories ("Intimation"), but is also a play on Wordsworth's "Intimations of Immortality"—only in this case it’s not clear exactly what is being intimated, but it’s nothing so gleaming and good as Immortality. The middle, "Living" section of the book, is fleshed out with a set of stories that borrow more from traditional realist fiction to illustrate the inner lives of the characters.

At once familiar and mysterious, these stories have an eerie resonance as its characters find themselves in new and surprising situations. An unnamed woman enters a room with no exit and a ready-made life; the disappearance of people, objects, and memory creates an apocalypse; the art of dance is used to try to tame a feral child; the key to surviving a house-party lies in knowing the difference between fake and real blood.

Elegant, surprising, wondrous, and haunting, Intimations is an utterly transporting collection from one of our most ingenious and brilliant young writers.

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        "Haunting...Wonderfully strange and eerie, INTIMATIONS outlines the confusion, loss, and anxieties that underlie the different stages of mortality, forcing us to re-examine the often unsettling realities of our existence." — Buzzfeed

        "Impressive...brilliantly executed...Reading her, you are left feeling dislocated by the world's strangeness, and wondering if she and her discombobulated characters are really the sane ones." — New York Times

        "A collection of twelve stories sure to please any reader who reveled in the heady strangeness of her novel...With this collection, Kleeman continues to establish herself as one of the most brilliant chroniclers of our 21st-century anxieties." — The Millions

        "Like DeLillo, [Kleeman's] spare sentences are each powerful in their own right, but they work together to form funny critiques of her surroundings...her characters pick apart the meanings of specific words in absurd, realer-than-real scenes." — Huffington Post

        "Alexandra Kleeman sees things differently. At least, that's how it feels when you read these curious and lovely stories. Existence, survival, touch: all become strange in this collection from the author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, as if the author knows of a different dimension or scientific method we have no idea is out there." — Elle

        "Brilliantly alive. . . . the world is parsed with a charming exactitude that magnifies all its latent marvels and especially horrors—the blacker and more peculiar these stories get, the funnier they are." — New York Times Book Review

        "Just 30 and already being compared to Thomas Pynchon, Kleeman confirms her status with her latest: 12 deliciously unsettling short stories." — O, the Oprah Magazine

        "Kleeman presents family dysfunction, romantic entanglements, and survival through an intriguingly warped lens." — Cosmopolitan

        "Following her excellent debut novel, YOU TOO CAN HAVE A BODY LIKE MINE, Kleeman brings her twisted, evocative style to a thought-provoking collection of stories....These stories, absurdist, bleak, and funny, defy straightforward interpretation and instead linger long afterward to be reinterpreted as they mutate in the reader's mind." — Publishers Weekly

        "[Kleeman is] a patient, lyrical chronicler of young urban people and this new collection of 12 short stories sees her take on all stages of human life in her unique style." — The Guardian

        "A collection of haunting, experimental stories about human life." — Entertainment Weekly

        "Winner of the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize for You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, Kleeman returns with 12 edgy stories that have a surreal, even primal feel. . . . Disturbing and fantastical." — Library Journal

        "Strange, surreal...Kleeman has a potent pen, and every story will surprise you in the best of ways." — Bustle

        "Strange, lovely, curious....Kleeman is a potent voice, here to stay and delight and prod at the gray matter of the reader's brain for a long time to come. I myself look forward to it." — Raging Biblioholism

        "Kleeman thoroughly owns her material, and her inventive collection offers a prodigious exploration into distinctive realms." — Booklist

        "Reading INTIMATIONS is like being in a funhouse come alive-a funhouse that's sharper, funnier and more incisive than you can imagine, already...

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        Following her excellent debut novel, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, Kleeman brings her twisted, evocative style to a thought-provoking collection of stories. In “Fairy Tale,” Kleeman creates a dreamlike scene: a woman sits at a banquet table that feels “sorely, mortally dangerous.” A man appears and provides “assurances that I love you, that I think of you deeply,” and then says, “Also, I came here to kill you.” Barbarism and the perils of intimacy continue as themes throughout the collection. “The Weather” is an atmospheric, metaphysical examination of a family (“We study the weather from within this house, and we are the weather within this house”). The stories in the second section of the book have a more realistic but no less unsettling tone. “Choking Victim,” about a lonely young mother, stands out as an exploration of the lurking danger of the everyday. In the third and final section, Kleeman explores death and endings: “Fake Blood” is about a party that turns dark and violent while “Hylomorphosis” is about what, exactly, angels are made of. These stories, absurdist, bleak, and funny, defy straightforward interpretation and instead linger long afterward, to be reinterpreted as they mutate in the reader’s mind. Agent: Claudia Ballard, WME Entertainment.

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        July 15, 2016
        Twelve stories take up a variety of absurdist premises to investigate the meaning of life."Nobody thought the apocalypse would be so polite and quirky," according to the final story in this collection, which imagines the end as a series of disappearances--first the house keys, then the cat, then one's boyfriend, a lake, one's memories. This sort of whimsical philosophical inquiry is a common thread in Kleeman's (You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, 2015) second book. With a literary genealogy that includes great-uncles like DeLillo and Pynchon and cousins like Rivka Galchen and Ben Marcus and can be traced back to/blamed on Samuel Beckett, many of the stories take up matters like "what if lobsters sought revenge?" "what if you forgot who you were?" and "what if the fake blood at a costume party were real?" using a narrator who sometimes seems like a normal person and sometimes like a disembodied poetic intelligence. In the latter form, we get passages like "The snow is what sand would be if it could forget its material, if it could forget its hardness, roughness, if it could forget its own weight. And the snow is what we would be if we could forget ours. If we could become the things we pretend instead of merely pretending at them, playing over and over at a game of falling silent and soft from couch to floor, making ourselves silent and soft as we can, playing at being snow, playing until our elbows and sides are too sore to move." If that--from a 43-page story called "A Brief History of Weather"--goes over your head, there's a group of realist stories embedded in the middle of the collection with a central character named Karen. One of these, "Choking Victim," recently appeared in the New Yorker. Its take on early motherhood combines more conventional character development and plot tension with the "intimations of mortality" that provide a focus for this rather inconsistent collection. For fans of the avant-garde.

        COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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      • source: Library Journal
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        April 15, 2016
        Having debuted triumphantly with "You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine", winner of the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize, Kleeman returns with 12 on-life's-edge stories.

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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“Brilliantly alive. . . . the world is parsed with a charming exactitude that magnifies all its latent marvels and especially horrors—the blacker and more peculiar these stories get, the funnier they are.” — New York Times Book Review

From the celebrated author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, a thought-provoking, often unsettling story collection that consists, broadly, of narrative diagrams of the three main stages in a human life: birth, life, and death.

Alexandra Kleeman’s debut novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine earned her comparisons to Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Ben Marcus, and Tom...

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