Publication Date: February 10, 2015
In this collection’s richly imagined title story, our brutal and resourceful protagonist is determined to protect her family from a murderous, shark-ridden world at any cost. Elsewhere, an old woman uncovers a sinister plot while looking after a friend s plants ( Orchids ), and a girl in the war-torn countryside befriends an unlikely creature ( Keeper of the Glass ). In Barnstormers, a futuristic flying circus tries to forestall bankruptcy with one last memorable show. At the heart of Sheila is the terrible choice a retired judge must make when faced with the destruction of his beloved robotic dog, and Yuri, in a Blue Dress follows one of the last survivors of an alien invasion as she seeks help.
Extending from World War II to the far future, these fifteen stories offer a gorgeously observed perspective on our desire for connection and what it means to have compassion for ourselves, for one another, for our past and for whatever lies beyond.
I try not to be swayed by covers but I knew at a glance that I was in for a treat with this book. Look at that crazy, cool cover! I can’t get over it. In even better news? The insides are even groovier.
Each story in this collection was odder, funkier, more imaginative, and more compelling than the last. It’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite as more than one of the stories have stuck in my mind since I read it.
If you’re looking for some quirky, fantastic, knock-your-socks-off short stories you can stop looking now. Get a copy of a The Thing About Great White Sharks. Right this minute.
I’d like to thank TLC for asking me to be on this tour. This book was a delight from start to finish and I feel privileged to have read it. I can’t recommend this brilliant collection enough.
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