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American Innovations StoriesI m glad I ve gotten to a Murder Maker place where I can support other Rivkas in their creative endeavors How sad it would have been if my exceedingly silly egorevented me from reading this collection It was so good Chekhovian in some ways And reading it in ublic felt like this wonderful inside joke with myself Rivka Galchan I wonder what your middle name is I think I m suffering from Gregory Maguire Syndrome with Rivka Galchen I m just not I just don t I can t seem to The stories and the writing are strange and gorgeous like odd The stories and the writing are strange and gorgeous like odd exciting flowers that you see at the garden centre and then you get them home and try to lant them but your soil is all clay and the lants can t take root and wither and die My brain is clay BUT I did connect to Wild Berry Blue omg so true You know what I m tired of this whole style I don t know what to call it even Talented female writers whose characters I can t stand who seem to be made of nothing but self obsessive neurosis I ll just go back and re read Margaret Atwood s short stories or something I can t believe so many reviews of the title story failed to see how Atwood derivative it wasI m sure I ll read a few stories before I return this to the library but they don t hold together as a collection It s that lost anemic female narrator thing that I can t tolerate Galchen made all kinds of big splash with her first novel in 2008 Atmospheric Disturbances So readers have been waiting impatiently for a new book this is of short stories and they are international sciencey in the style of andrea barrett Servants of the Map Stories some surrealness so love but mostly none Lots of dead fathers and ghosts uality writing AND STORIES LIKE DEBORAH LEVY BLACK stories like Deborah levy Black Ten Stories not ho hum shorts or at least not so memorable stories in something like baboon BaboonSo recommended for galchen and uality stories fans Before reading American Innovations I hadn t seen the cover blurb that states The tales in this groundbreaking collection are secretly in conversation with canonical stories reimagined from the erspective of female characters I don t know if understanding that beforehand would have altered my reading experience I am at any rate unfamiliar with Borge s The. A wickedly smart and deeply emotional collection of imaginative storiesIn one of the intensely imaginative stories in Rivka’s Galchen’s American Innovations a narrator’s furniture walks out on her In another the narrator feels compelled to Good Witch, Bad Witch promise to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly beenhoned in to her In a third the The Tokyo Zodiac Murders petty details around aroperty transaction detail the complicated ains and loves of a familyhe stories in ,

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Aleph and Gogol s The Nose so I can only evaluate what I found on the age and it was a somewhat uneven experience For the most art these are uncomfortable stories veering often into the surreal with somewhat uneven experience For the most art these are uncomfortable stories veering often into the surreal with woman s furniture running away and another having a breast appear on her abdomen but what was confusing to the mind often resonated in the heart Author Rivka Galchen definitely has a master s control of to the mind often resonated in the heart Author Rivka Galchen definitely has a master s control of English language as shown in this example with a woman speaking on the hone with her husband from The Lost Order We hadn t always conversed in a way that sounded like advanced ESL students trying to share emotions but recently that was happening to us I think we were just trying to keep a steady course through an inevitable and insignificant strait in our relationship I m sorry Boo I say I m the one who should apologize I am suddenly missing him very badly as if I have been woken from one of those dreams where the dead are still with us Being awake feels awful I language along and then at some CSA Scenarios for the MRCGP, third edition point in my ramblings he says to me I have to go now and then he is gone I was struck by that I language along as theerfect encapsulation of this type of conversation and there were many many such striking moments throughout this collection There were also a lot of esoteric bits that lost me like I washed my face with The Ornament (Ornament, peach scrub and took care as I generally do not to look into the mirror too gesamtkunstwerk ily Instead only in closeatches Fortunately the NPR book review defined that for me as A German hilosophical term about the total nature of the work of art first introduced by a mid nineteenth century German aesthetician named Trahndorff because I never would have looked it up I was annoyed by the inclusion of a word like gesamtkunstwerk and the repeated use of the Kantian sublime because they seemed designed to exclude non academics from total understanding and that would be my biggest complaint More than anything American Innovations with its literary allusions feminist imperative and ost Rant post modern constructions seems elitist written forrofessional readers ButGalchen left a but hanging at the end of a aragraph like that and I loved it one little word so weighty Butlike I said th. His unusual collection also have secret lives in conversation with earlier stories As in the tradition of considering Wallace Stevens’s “Anecdote of the Jar” as a response to John Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn” Galchen’s “The Lost Order” covertly recapitulates James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” while “The Region of Unlikeness” is a smoky and layful mirror to Jorge Luis Borges’s “The Aleph” The ti. ,
Ere is much in this collection that is emotionally stirring from that ironic frission a reader gets when you see characters lying or refusing to answer straight forwardly to you see characters lying or refusing to answer straight forwardly to owerful way that Galchen captured a young girl s first major and unreuited crush on an inappropriately older man in Wild Berry Blue I begin to feel as if maybe I am going to cry because of these accumulated moments of being nothing That s what it feels like standing so close to this type of beauty like being nothingHe looks down at me startled then laughs abruptly Hi little sexy he says Then he laughs again too loud and the other cashier who has one arm shrunken and aralyzed turns and looks and then looks away againThese few seconds seem like everything that has ever happened to meMy milk somehow urchased I go back to the table wondering if I am green or emitting a high The Color of a Leader pitched whistling sound or deadI feel a whole birch treeressing against my inner walls its leaves reaching to the top of my throat the awful sense of wanting some other life I know those feelings just like that but hadn t really remembered them until this short story so that s definitely worthwhile Perhaps if I could have identified with Galchen s other themes she repeatedly mentions time travel unemployed young women who have dead fathers and non understanding mothers writers who are also scientists attraction to men with unwashed hair acupuncture manatees Into the Planet perhaps if of her themes resonated with me emotionally I could have also connected with them intellectually And my final observation I read American Innovations because it s on the 2014 Giller Prize longlist meant to recognise excellence in Canadian fiction but simply being born in Toronto doesn t make Rivka Galchen raised in and residing in the States a typically Canadian writer and this book has nothing to do with Canadian themes If anything it seemserfectly representative of the Creative Writing Program at Colombia where Galchen is an adjunct rofessor and has much in common with her colleagues Siri Hustvedt and at Colombia where Galchen is an adjunct rofessor and has much in common with her colleagues Siri Hustvedt and The Blazing World and Gary Shteyngart and I wondered if her mention of Gary Gnu was a shoutout to him I wish Canadian rizes were truly reserved for Canadian books end rant. Tle story “American Innovations” reimagines Nikolai Gogol’s “The Nose”Alternately realistic fantastical witty and lyrical these are all deeply emotional tales written in exuberant itch erfect rose and shadowed by the darkly marvelous and the marvelously uneasy Whether exploring the tensions in a mother daughter relationship or the finer The Caretaker points of time travel Galchen takes great risksroving that she is a writer like none other tod.


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    BOOK BOOKS American Innovations Stories BY Rivka Galchen – thetributepages.co.uk The likelihood that I will enjoy a writer who writes with a tangible for some obscure reason etched into every utterance is slim What are we to do with all those connections in our lives that you know bind us all together as a people? Nothing Avoid them Write in short sentences like these Characterize them as all those things I so studiously knew nothing about which one of Galchen's narrators actually states for the record I tend not to

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    Summary American Innovations Stories review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Rivka Galchen Rivka Galchen ´ 4 characters Before reading American Innovations I hadn't seen the cover blurb that states The tales in this groundbreaking collection are secretl

  3. says: BOOK BOOKS American Innovations Stories BY Rivka Galchen – thetributepages.co.uk

    BOOK BOOKS American Innovations Stories BY Rivka Galchen – thetributepages.co.uk review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Rivka Galchen Rivka Galchen ´ 4 characters Galchen's stories are not satisfying in the way short stories are usually satisfying These stories are not tidy they twist in the middle heading in a different direction and then flutter out at the end But I found that I respected

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    Rivka Galchen ´ 4 characters review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Rivka Galchen BOOK BOOKS American Innovations Stories BY Rivka Galchen – thetributepages.co.uk Galchen made all kinds of big splash with her first novel in 2008 Atmospheric Disturbances So readers have been waiting impatiently for a new book this is of short stories and they are international sciencey in th

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    Summary American Innovations Stories BOOK BOOKS American Innovations Stories BY Rivka Galchen – thetributepages.co.uk Rivka Galchen ´ 4 characters DNF I really struggled to get through the first 4 stories in this book And then I gave up I closed the book with a good cl

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    BOOK BOOKS American Innovations Stories BY Rivka Galchen – thetributepages.co.uk You know what? I'm tired of this whole style I don't know what to call it even Talented female writers whose characters I can't stand who seem to be made of nothing but self obsessive neurosis I'll just go back and re read Margaret Atwood's short stories or something I can't believe so many reviews of the title story failed to see how Atwood derivative it wasI'm sure I'll read a few stories before I return this to the library bu

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    BOOK BOOKS American Innovations Stories BY Rivka Galchen – thetributepages.co.uk Many of my reviews here are off the cuff riffs that inform reviews that I write for other publications namely The Floating Library my books column for San Diego CityBeat Sometimes the review I post here is a cut and paste job from a p

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    BOOK BOOKS American Innovations Stories BY Rivka Galchen – thetributepages.co.uk I think I'm suffering from Gregory Maguire Syndrome with Rivka Galchen I'm just not I just don't I can't seem to The stories and th

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    review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Rivka Galchen Rivka Galchen ´ 4 characters Summary American Innovations Stories This story collection is wonderfully witty and melancholy or melancholy than witty filled with innuendoes that at times I co

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    Summary American Innovations Stories BOOK BOOKS American Innovations Stories BY Rivka Galchen – thetributepages.co.uk Rivka Galchen ´ 4 characters I'm glad I've gotten to a place where I can support other Rivkas in their creative endeavors How sad it would have been if my exceedingly silly ego prevented me from reading this collection It was so good Chekhovian in some ways And reading it in public felt like this wonderful inside joke with myself Rivka Galchan I wonder what your middle name is

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