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Some Possible Solutions
by Helen Phillips
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This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.Witty, humorous, unfailingly insightful, Some Possible Solutions by Helen Phillips is an intelligent and thoughtful collection of stories that explore the strange and odd in the everyday lives of their characters. This was one of the most unique collection of stories I've ever read--very well written and engaging--and I'd recommend it to any fan of speculative fiction, particularly fans of Margaret Atwood. ( )
In a spine-tingling new collection, the "unique"(NPR) and "wickedly funny" (New York Times) Helen Phillips offers an idiosyncratic series of "what-ifs" about our fragile human condition.Some Possible Solutions offers an idiosyncratic series of "What ifs": What if your perfect hermaphrodite match existed on another planet? What if you could suddenly see through everybody's skin to their organs? What if you knew the exact date of your death? What if your city was filled with doppelgangers of you? Forced to navigate these bizarre scenarios, Phillips' characters search for solutions to the problem of how to survive in an irrational, infinitely strange world. In dystopias that are exaggerated versions of the world in which we live, these characters strive for intimacy and struggle to resolve their fraught relationships with each other, with themselves, and with their place in the natural world. We meet a wealthy woman who purchases a high-tech sex toy in the shape of a man, a rowdy, moody crew of college students who resolve the energy crisis, and orphaned twin sisters who work as futuristic strippers--and with Phillips' characteristic smarts and imagination, we see that no one is quite who they appear.By turns surreal, witty, and perplexing, these marvelous stories are ultimately a reflection of our own reality and of the big questions that we all face. Who are we? Where do we fit? Phillips is a true original and a treasure.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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