Good People - Robert Lopez & Wonderland - Samuel Ligon
Robert Lopez - Robert Lopez is the author of two novels, Part of the World and Kamby Bolongo Mean River, and two story collections,Asunder and Good People. A new novel, All Back Full, will be published by Dzanc Books in February, 2017. He teaches at Pratt Institute, The New School, and Columbia University.
Samuel Ligon - Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. He edits the journalWillow Springs, teaches at Eastern Washington University, and is Artistic Director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.
Lopez has the ability to give the reader whiplash with his unconventional and bewitching stories. "Los Angeles Times"
Robert Lopez is the master of deadpan dread, of the elliptical koan, of the sudden turn of language that reveals life to be so wonderfully absurd. Always with Lopez, the voice is all hisenchanting, surprising, at times devastating. JESS WALTER, author of "Beautiful Ruins"
Robert Lopez's strange, incantatory, visionary stories reveal the mysteries behind the ordinary world. You lift your head from this book and it's as if a third eye has been opened. DAN CHAON, author of "Await Your Reply" and "Stay Awake"
Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, claims Samuel Beckett. To this, we add: nothing is funnier than unhappiness with a heavy dose of amorality, as we learn from Robert Lopez's unforgettable "Good People." In these twenty stories, a motley cast of obsessive, self-deluded outsiders narrate their darker moments, which include kidnapping, voyeurism, and psychic masochism. As their struggles give way to the black humor of life's unreason, the bleak merges with the oddly poetic, in a style as lean and resolute as Carver or Hemingway.
Treading the fine line between confession and self-justification, the absurd violence of threatened masculinity, and the perverse joy of neurosis, Lopez's stories reveal the compulsive suffering at the precarious core of our universal humanity.
"I didn't know how much there was to want in the world until I saw Sheena, and then I wanted it all." These twelve short-short stories, illustrated by collage artist Stephen Knezovich, are as dark and absurd as they are poignant, playful, and true, examining men and women, love and loss, donkeys and goats, and murder, carnivals, and whiskey bosoms. "Nobody deserves love. Or everyone does. It comes and it goes of its own free will. Like fever. Like flood. Like the greatest thing you're ever gonna lose. And once it's gone, it's gone for good."