[EPUB] ✿ Nice Big American Baby ❄ Judy Budnitz – Anguillais.us

Nice Big American BabyA Blazingly Original, Profoundly Moving New Work Of Fiction By A Writer Whose World And Imagination Knows No Boundaries I Don T Know What Planet Judy Budnitz Comes From, Said Newsweek On The Publication Of Her Fiction Debut, Flying Leap, But I M Happy To Have Her Tremendous Funny, Dark, Adventurous, Slanted, And Enchanted These Twelve Astonishingly Inventive Stories Which Take Us Into The Heart Of America And Around The Globe, From Suburban Backyards And Swimming Pools To War Torn Streets And Fallout Shelters Are Riveting, Seductive, And Impossible To Forget.In Flush, A Mammogram Prompts A Dark Comedy Of Blurred Identities Between A Mother And Her Two Adult Daughters In Elephant And Boy, A Surrogate Mother And Son Bond, Tinged With The Erotic, Is Formed When A Philanthropist Attempts To Civilize A Young Elephant Handler Nadia Sounds The Depths Of A Young Woman S Complex Feelings Toward A Friend S Mail Order Bride From Eastern Europe Preparedness An Orwellian Tale In Technicolor Imagines Rapture In The Wake Of Imminent Apocalypse And In Where We Come From, A Pregnant Woman S Many Failed Attempts To Cross The Border Do Not Lessen Her Resolve To Give Birth On U.S Soil To A Nice Big American Baby Magical, Poignant, Often Transcendent, These Are Virtuoso Modern Fables That Mine Our Stores Of Hidden Urges, Misunderstandings, And Blind Passions, Inviting Us On A Voyage Through Places And Times At Once Deeply Familiar And Wondrously Strange.

    10 thoughts on “[EPUB] ✿ Nice Big American Baby ❄ Judy Budnitz – Anguillais.us


  1. says:

    I read Miracle in the New Yorker probably four years ago and it s stayed in my mind than any other short story I ve ever read I m pretty sure it s perfect A lot of these stories have that same feeling of strangene...


  2. says:

    This is absolutely phenomenal Great short stories, reminiscent of George Saunders surreal and creepy and very moving all at once Blew me away.


  3. says:

    Based on the glowing reviews and blurbs on the back of this book, I was expecting to like it a lot than I did Judy Budnitz is certainly a very creative mind, but I wasn t always sure where she was going with her stories In this collection she explores the themes of mothers and daughters, what desperate measures does to society and political topics through magical realism Some of my favorite stories here, like Preparedness and Where We Come From are incredibly relevant political commentary, even over a decade after this book came out Her take on Orwell s 1984 in Saving Face was also a highlight for me She really hits her stride when she walks the line between fantasy and realism by using magic to talk about reality Other stories that seem to be based on a thought experiment or on the side of make believe like Miracle and Elephant and Boy fell completely flat for me Nadia was another weak point, I think because it felt the most rea...


  4. says:

    Only read one short story from this anthology Morherland It was for class but I was still very impressed by this powerful story.


  5. says:

    These stories present a world to us that is almost familiar, but twist that familiarity by adding some surreal element A pregnant girl gestates for years while attempting to cross from Mexico into America so the child can be an American baby, a white couple give birth to a black child His skin has the solid, inorganic sheen of obsidian, an iridescence like oil , daughters stand in for their frightened mother s mammogram appointments, a wartime doctor plants and cultivates a field of amputated limbs these things take place in otherwise everyday worlds, and are woven carefully and often with beautiful language.There are several themes that reappear over the course of this collection Where We Come From, Miracle, and Motherland focus on unusual parenting situations, while Flush and Visitors turn the tables and show us grown children trying to care and be responsible for their infantile parents Identity and how we define ourselves comes up over and over again Where We Come From, Nadia, Elephant and Boy, and Saving Face all have some element of this at their core Saving Face handles it particularly well.The writing is good and the thin...


  6. says:

    I will not blame this book for the security guard at the library who, when he saw its title, asked if somebody was expecting Hmph I teetered between 3 and 4 stars but at the end I think it earned the fourth star Budnitz s magical realism is an interesting twist on the genre, which is generally associated with Latino Chicano writers The first and title st...


  7. says:

    Absolutely brilliant I would have never known about this author, but the title of the book was interesting so I picked it off the shelf, fully thinking I would put it back after a few seconds But the reviews were enough to make me take the book home All of them were well deserved Judy Budnitz is a wonderful writer with an imagination that simply defies comprehension at ...


  8. says:

    Usually short stories disappoint me by being too weird or I don t even understand them or most are of a topic so tragic or sad that the author wouldn t want to write a whole book about it My opinion only And usually books of short stories are not page turners for me, wellthese short stories are page turners and pull you right into them Ms Budnitz is so very talented tha...


  9. says:

    Oh my, she depresses me like no other It felt just like reading If I Told You Once compelling and strangely saddening, as if someone kept thrusting thorns into my skin and at first I do not even realize it But once I do realize it, it hurts like hell.I like prose that hurts It makes me fe...


  10. says:

    What an amazing collection of stories Funny and odd, compelling and though provoking Each story harbors a seemingly usual circumstance, but then Budnitz twists them and they become perverse in the best possible way Because that perversity, however slight or extreme, makes you reconsider your expe...

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