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The Strange Case of Rachel K

by Rachel Kushner

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The Strange Case of Rachel K was okay, at only 80 pages it was a fast read for sure. Ms. Kushner can pack a lot into a small amount of words but it was like a roller coaster that was going one way (bumping all the way) and then suddenly went whosh - and your head and stomach went in two different directions and the ride is done. You're left feeling unsure if that was good or bad thing. ( )
  mmoj | Mar 2, 2017 |
An interesting and creative read, but the characters, the dialogue, the venue, (a cabaret), and the backdrop, (armed conflict), were too reminiscent of the work of Junot Diaz. ( )
  DougJ110 | Oct 14, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 081122421X, Hardcover)

Three early stories of myth, regime, and harlotry by the acclaimed author of The Flamethrowers.

An explorer’s whereabouts keeps a queen in waiting; a faith healer’s illegal radio broadcasts give hope to an oppressed people; a president’s offer of ice cream surprises a prostitute expecting to cooperate fully — the three short fictions gathered in The Great Exception build into a vision of Cuba that is black-humored, brutal, and beautiful. Written prior to the publication of Rachel Kushner’s first acclaimed novel Telex From Cuba, these stories, like Roberto Bolano’s Antwerp, burst forth with the genesis of her fictional universe as though fired from a cannon. From the mythical title story, to the ominous “Debouchment” — originally published in her too short-lived journal Soft Targets — to the sexy and noirish “Strange Case of Rachel K,” this is Kushner saddling up for a journey into the wilds of the modern novel.

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Three early stories of myth, regime, and harlotry by the author of The Flamethrowers.

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