Some Possible Solutions

Some Possible Solutions


eBook - 2016
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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.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2016
ISBN: 9781627793803
Characteristics: 1 online resource (213 pages)
Contents: The knowers
Some possible solutions
The doppelgängers
The messy joy of the final throes of the dinner party
Life care center
The joined
Flesh and blood
When the tsunami came
One of us will be happy; it's just a matter of which one
Things we do
The worst
How I began to bleed again after six alarming months without
The beekeeper
The wedding stairs
Contamination generation


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LPL_KateG Jun 19, 2016

Oooh, these stories are weird! Helen Phillips uses her interesting and awesome brain to give an new perspectives on daily life. I would recommend if you like quirky/funny/semi-surreal short stories based in contemporary settings.


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