Flying Leap

by Judy Budnitz

Flying Leap Synopsis

The Brothers Grimm take lessons in fiction from Angela Carter to produce this uncanny and surreal work. Judy Budnitz might just be the most exciting and unusual literary figure to emerge from the US literary thicket in 2000. She marries great technical skill to quirky humour and dizzying metaphor. She has an uncanny knack for the destabilizing and indelible image, but does not abandon sense for sensibility. She is always readable, albeit strangely so. She might yet be an Americanized heir to the throne left vacant by Angela Carter. This collection of stories is strikingly surreal and hugely entertaining. It will appeal to fans of everyone from Tibor Fischer via Lorrie Moore to Nicholson Baker, or put another way, from Heathers to Edward Scissorhands via Annie Hall. Among the storylines: a young man is persuaded to donate his heart to his dying mother; a girl comes of age in strange suburbia, her only friend a man dressed in a dogsuit; a man and a woman conduct a passionate love affair on a park bench.

Flying Leap Press Reviews

`I don't know what planet Budnitz comes from, but I'm happy to have her. Flying Leap is a tremendous debut -funny, dark, weird, adventurous, slanted and enchanted.' Newsweek `Amazingly original... These unsettling short stories leave you wanting more.' Seventeen `Budnitz's humorous and original story ideas and the bold strokes with which she delineates them are the indispensable allies of her lyric intelligence... . An intriguing and mature debut.' Rachel Cusk, The Village Voice

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007291397
Publication date: 1st July 2008
Author: Judy Budnitz
Publisher: Flamingo an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,

About Judy Budnitz

judy budnitz was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Atlanta. She graduated from Harvard in 1995, was writing fellow at the Fine Arts Center, Provincetown, and now teaches at Brown University.

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