|Author: Arthur Bradford|
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|From O. Henry Award -- winning short story writer Arthur Bradford comes this strangely outlandish yet compassionate collection that signals a major new voice in fiction.|
One young man steals his blind friend's truck and is caught by the cops, while another needing a roommate lands a cat-faced circus freak. One buys pot from a dealer who locks his customers in the closet, and another must choose between his pregnant wife and the ten-pound slug he's convinced will bring him a fortune. And then there are the divinely inspired dogs that fill these stories -- three-legged, no-legged, dogs that talk and sing, and dogs that give birth to humans. Dogwalker daringly strolls along society's fringes and unearths strange beauty.
From the Publisher:
Tender and satiric, hilarious and humane, Dogwalker plunks readers down in a land of misfits and the circumstantially strange–where one young man buys drugs from a dealer who locks his customers in a closet, while another lands a cat-faced circus freak for a roommate, and yet another must choose between his pregnant wife and the ten-pound slug he’s convinced will bring him a fortune. And throughout these stories moves a divinely inspired collection of dogs: three-legged, no-legged, dogs that sing, that talk, and that give birth to humans. Brilliant, perplexing, and moving, this is a daring debut that strolls along society’s fringes and unearths strange beauty among its misfits
Many of Bradford's stories are surreal, or at least absurd. In "Dogs," a man gets a dog pregnant. In "Mattress," the hero puts himself into mortal danger to get a free mattress. And in "The Texas School for the Blind," a blind man inadvertently sticks a knife in his own leg.
"[L]anguage and tone remain problematic for Bradford, who deliberately occludes the best moments of the book with banal turns of phrase." - Kevin Greenberg July/August 2001 Kirkus Reviews
"If you're an admirer of David Lynch movies, you won't want to miss this surpassingly bizarre debut collection....[M]ore adventurous readers may find Bradford's uniquely daring and provocative stories well worth their attention." 06/01/2001 New York Times Book Review
"Bradford is a young writer with a very specific, deadpan aesthetic that will greatly appeal to some; the writing is unflashy but extremely sure of itself, and a few of the stories...are funny and thoughtful and perfectly successful on their own terms. That said, there's a slenderness to what's on offer here that's likely to leave many readers less than satisfied...." - Rob Walker 08/26/2001