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Under the Sea by Mark Leidner
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Under the Sea (edition 2018)

by Mark Leidner (Author)

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Under the Sea is Mark Leidner's debut story collection published by Tyrant Books in 2018 and named a best book of the year byBuzzfeed,Spinoff, andThe New Statesman. In the gripping opener "Bad-Asses," a naive drug dealer's stash is stolen, leading her to unleash her inner bad-ass as she tries to recover it. In the bizarre and hilarious "21 Extremely Bad Breakups," each breakup is more absurd than the last: lovers get side-swiped by speeding busses, play paper-rock-scissors with each others lives, cause an asteroid to destroy the planet, and more. In "Under the Sea," a woman with one day to live has an affair with a loser she picks up at a video game arcade. In the unbelievably epic "Avern-Y6," a despondent insect gets shitfaced at the brink of a colony-wide civil war, only to learn he has an role to play in history after all. A social outcast going off on some teens in a bougie café, a depressed man in a physical fight with an interdimensional void, a middle-school student waxing memoiristic about heartbreak, a self-defeating academic sending a career-ending email - indelible characters are the heart of every story's wild ride inUnder the Sea. Mark Leidner is a Georgia-born writer of books and films. He resides in Atlanta and is@markleidner on Twitter and Instagram.… (more)
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Info:Tyrant Books (2018), 256 pages
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Under the Sea is a book of short stories about recontextualizing one's surroundings in the face of change, and what happens to us. Most of the protagonists feel like impostors or pretenders and encounter something larger than themselves which change them and their outlooks. This is woefully generic, because they're all pretty different, from dope deals to something like an ant-colony's hive mind to a literal void. I really liked *The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover* and I really like this. ( )
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Under the Sea is Mark Leidner's debut story collection published by Tyrant Books in 2018 and named a best book of the year byBuzzfeed,Spinoff, andThe New Statesman. In the gripping opener "Bad-Asses," a naive drug dealer's stash is stolen, leading her to unleash her inner bad-ass as she tries to recover it. In the bizarre and hilarious "21 Extremely Bad Breakups," each breakup is more absurd than the last: lovers get side-swiped by speeding busses, play paper-rock-scissors with each others lives, cause an asteroid to destroy the planet, and more. In "Under the Sea," a woman with one day to live has an affair with a loser she picks up at a video game arcade. In the unbelievably epic "Avern-Y6," a despondent insect gets shitfaced at the brink of a colony-wide civil war, only to learn he has an role to play in history after all. A social outcast going off on some teens in a bougie café, a depressed man in a physical fight with an interdimensional void, a middle-school student waxing memoiristic about heartbreak, a self-defeating academic sending a career-ending email - indelible characters are the heart of every story's wild ride inUnder the Sea. Mark Leidner is a Georgia-born writer of books and films. He resides in Atlanta and is@markleidner on Twitter and Instagram.

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