TITLE: What Wolves Know
A COLLECTION by Kit Reed
PUBLICATION DATE: April 2011
EDITION: Traycased Jacketed Hardcover
COVER ART: Alexandra Huchet
PRINT RUN: 100 signed by Kit Reed
A boy raised by wolves, the dog that knows exactly who is next t to die, a monkey that writes bestsellers—no, Kit Reed's new collection is by no means the next Animal Planet. What Wolves Knowalso contains "Doing the Butterfly," in which a convict with murder in his heart sets out to deceive the newest Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine, and the sparkling story "Special," about a nature writer named Ashley Famous, who overturns local society in a small town on the Hudson. In "The Chaise," a university community stands by while the narrator grapples with a despicable piece of furniture, and baffled parents in "Denny" arm themselves, fearing that their son, the title character, "may go all Columbine on us." Sharp, often funny, Reed's stories have been called, variously, "pure dry ice" and "less fantastic that visionary" by The New York Times Book Review, which describes on of the stories in her collection, Thief of Lives as "a masterpiece of its kind."
FINANCIAL TIMES REVIEW What Wolves Know Veteran SF author Kit Reed has published 22 novels and over a hundred short stories, has garnered awards, and remains as critically feted as she is commercially underrated. A reason for this is that she one of those authors whose work loiters at the mainstream edge of SF. She calls herself "transgenred" acknowledging the problem that her fiction is too fantastical for most literati and too literary for most fans of the fantastic. Her new collection, What Wolves Know, available in a limited edition from a small press, is unlikely to raise her profile dramatically. It is, however, confirmation of an extraordinary talent. Here are tales of mothers who are monstrous in their maternalness, families on the brink of implosion, children mutated by parental pressure in every dream home a dystopia. Of particular note are the title story, about a boy raised by wolves who struggles to adapt to the modern world; The Blight Family Singers", a bizarre satire on the Von Trapps; and the seething "Special," with its splendidly mordant and unforeseeable punchline.
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