By Kellie Wells
The 11 tales in Kellie Wells's debut assortment hide quite a lot of eccentric characters—from a tender woman experiencing her friend's unusual loss of life to a suite of opposite-sex conjoined twins. pressured to accommodate the debilitating confines of the actual world—usually happen in a few type of deformity or sickness, from compression scars to mysterious blue skin—Wells's characters fight to go beyond their existential disappointments and locate a way and anyone to love.
In the identify tale, Ivy and her ally Duncan fight to appreciate their mortality as Ivy learns of his possibly deadly inner scarring as a result of a moped twist of fate. As Ivy says, "Things can get so unusual so fast," and so they usually do in Wells's tales. yet Ivy and Duncan aid one another break out their scary, tricky global, if merely momentarily, via mind's eye, stable humor, and closeness.
"Godlight" addresses so much particularly the questions which are obvious in the entire tales: Do you think in God, and do you think in reincarnation? Jonas, the Hyatt Regency Hotel's live-in mild bulb substitute guy, encounters diverse characters—a baby who lives within the resort and a girl who claims that her id has been altered for the Witness defense Program—who contemplate those questions. in the meantime, Jonas is left considering what has quite develop into of his lacking daughter, Emma.
The actual international is introduced into query often during this assortment, and in "My parent, Claire," we see what can ensue whilst somebody attempts to go beyond it—and succeeds. in the course of a séance to arrive the narrator's past due mom, Claire reaches the spirit international and not really returns. The narrator attempts desperately to retrieve Claire via a hilarious journey to the unique Animal Drive-Thru Paradise.
Compression Scars is an eloquent and unique assortment that vibrantly captures the eccentricities of either the typical and the out-of-this-world.
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What does it mean? Josh’s boyfriend: It means you’re the ultimate twink. That’s why we all keep rimming you. You’re God. Enjoy. Mackerel: But you don’t ﬁstfuck God. Josh’s boyfriend: Says who? Mackerel: The Bible. Josh’s boyfriend: You don’t have a Bible yet. You have to die ﬁrst. I promise you it’ll be Proustian, whatever that means. I’ll buy a thesaurus, whatever that is. I’ll put in lots and lots of sex so gay guys will buy it. I’ll make you look like whomever you want. Name it. Mackerel: Okay, who’s the cutest boy in the world?
Because you exist in the rational 26 UGLY M A N world, you have to watch his perfect ass fade away into the background and form a disconsolate circle jerk. The sky over Arkansas picks up on your vibes and grows silvery dark like one-way glass. On the other side of it, God’s jerking off. The hicks think weather abnormalities are a sign that Armageddon has arrived and decide to rape their kids before they die. Mackerel rides his bike through streets ﬁlled with children’s lustful screams. He eventually stops at Josh’s boyfriend’s house and falls into your trap.
Right, babe? Josh’s boyfriend: Pretty much. Well, rape in the broadest sense. If it’s ever been called gay sex, it’s in your future. Mackerel (smugly): A hero’s still a hero. Arkansas boy’s dream to save the world from Bin Laden crushed by evil pedophile ring. Americans love that shit. Psychic (in a sixteen-year-old’s voice): Yeah, until they do the autopsy and ﬁnd enough sperm in your ass to start a small third world country. We’ll see how heroic you are after they drag your whorish, drugged-out lifestyle through the tabloids.