If a Stranger Approaches You

Sarabande. 2013. 160p. ISBN 9781936747498. pap. $15.95. F
OrangeReviewStarHighly acclaimed poet and novelist Kasischke's first collection is a surreal, sometimes shocking, and often humorous journey to the dark side of American domestic life. Kasischke (Space, in Chains) transports the reader to an alternate world where things are rarely what they seem, where violence and horror intermingle with beauty and absurdity, and the false idealism of human relationships is exposed. Her characters at first seem like no one we know, but we soon discover that they are we and we are they. In the timely title story, a woman confronts possible terrorism and (along with the reader) must answer the question, What would I do if this happened to me? These absorbing, disconcerting stories provide no easy answers and the author gives nothing away, often leaving readers to arrive at their own conclusions.
VERDICT Written with her trademark lyrical prose and innovative use of narrative, this collection of intelligently crafted stories will satisfy Kasischke fans and short story lovers alike. Highly recommended.
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