THE EXPLODING BOY and other tiny tales
Here's what the blurb says:
These forty two short, funny and sometimes strange short stories ask the questions that are on everybody's lips: Why did the national anthem turn out rubbish? Why has the supply teacher blacked out all the windows? Why have the islanders run amok like that? Where do those ladders go, anyway? And what, exactly, is up with all the walruses? Parker's brilliantly bizarre stories have been compared to George Saunders, Magnus Mills, Edward Gorey, Tim Burton, Donald Barthelme and Richard Brautigan.
And here's what the reviews say:
‘Impertinent, unlikely and astonishing... forty two short, swift, crowd-pleasing stories. Full of little pleasure bursts. Proof that the short story is still a public good.’ >> Read more of The Guardian review.
Ian Sansom, The Guardian.
‘I bloody LOVE these stories: short, clever, oblique. Just what the form is for.’
John Mitchinson, founder of Unbound.
The Exploding Boy and other tiny tales was my favourite book of 2012 and 2013. Nick Parker's small but mighty fictions float like butterflies but punch like Ali. They are simultaneously exquisitely daft, spurting-soda-out-of-your-nostrils hilarious, and heart-rending. Satire at its most darkly whimsical, or most whimsically dark. Borges meets George Saunders via Barthelme.
Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives.
I really like this book. It's very quirky and original - the only author I can really compare it to is George Saunders. There's a lot of weirdness going on, but contained, directed and oddly satisfying weirdness.
Chris Shevlin, author of The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathan Fairfax
The Mail on Sunday
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