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Out There|Kate Folk
Out There : Stories
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A thrilling new voice in fiction injects the absurd into the everyday to present a startling vision of modern life, " as] if Kafka and Camus and Bradbury were penning episodes of Black Mirror" (Chang-Rae Lee, author of My Year Abroad).

"Stories so sharp and ingenious you may cut yourself on them while reading."--Kelly Link, author of Get In Trouble


With a focus on the weird and eerie forces that lurk beneath the surface of ordinary experience, Kate Folk's debut collection is perfectly pitched to the madness of our current moment. A medical ward for a mysterious bone-melting disorder is the setting of a perilous love triangle. A curtain of void obliterates the globe at a steady pace, forcing Earth's remaining inhabitants to decide with whom they want to spend eternity. A man fleeing personal scandal enters a codependent relationship with a house that requires a particularly demanding level of care. And in the title story, originally published in The New Yorker, a woman in San Francisco uses dating apps to find a partner despite the threat posed by "blots," preternaturally handsome artificial men dispatched by Russian hackers to steal data. Meanwhile, in a poignant companion piece, a woman and a blot forge a genuine, albeit doomed, connection.

Prescient and wildly imaginative, Out There depicts an uncanny landscape that holds a mirror to our subconscious fears and desires. Each story beats with its own fierce heart, and together they herald an exciting new arrival in the tradition of speculative literary fiction.

 

  • ISBN-13: 9780593231463
  • ISBN-10: 0593231465
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publish Date: March 2022
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds
  • Page Count: 256