By Laura Solomon
"Witty, clear-edged, either lemon-sharp and seductive, Laura Solomon is a author to watch." -- Maggie Gee, whilst Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, United Kingdom.
THE SHINGLE BAR SEA MONSTER AND different tales makes use of surrealism and black humour to discover human predicaments, feelings and aspirations, and to indicate options to life's demanding situations. The occasions are striking, the aspirations and feelings are universal, and the options controversial. for writing. regularly fascinating, those tales – with their usually extraordinary realities – suggested us to determine our personal lives from the point of view of others. will we additionally dwell in a a little bit off-centre world?
~~"Laura Solomon's tales inhabit the borders among the mundane and the mystical. no matter if trying to find love, or attempting to comprehend a sibling, those tales have a really human middle. Solomon's characters are usually trying to find solutions, and within the technique of facing their dramas and disappointments they arrive throughout these issues that may purely be glimpsed from the nook of the attention. Sea monsters and angels, head grafts and werewolves, roses blooming from the end of a blind man's cane.... the glorious exists, notwithstanding the miracle can fade with a incorrect determination, or an unkind selection. those tales don't supply effortless solutions: the glorious doesn't catch up on foolishness, and there will not be continuously effortless factors. you can be touched via the really good, Solomon turns out to claim, yet what occurs subsequent is completely as much as you."
—Viki Holmes, writer of omit moon's classification (Chameleon, 2008), co-editor of now not A Muse (Haven 2009), in "Early reaction to "The Shingle Bar Sea Monster and different Stories".
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The Shingle Bar Sea Monster and Other Stories by Laura Solomon