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An American Booksellers Association Indie Next Notable Book: "The short, interconnected pieces of Unlucky Lucky Days should be on the shelf of every high school English teacher, every writer who's sat and stared at a blank page, and every reader who is looking for a quick laugh. Very, very strange--in a good way, of course." --Indie Next Notable List, July 08
"These are funny, bizarre, moving stories--a pleasure to read." -Lydia Davis
"Grandbois is a master of the double-edged word, of stories that both cut through the world like butter and double-back to saw themselves to bits." -Brian Evenson
"Grandbois' trembling leaflets bring to life all the rejecta and detritus scattered in such silent and secretive array around us, recovering all we thought lost or dead." -Eleni Sikelianos
"Animated by a wonderfully droll and fantastical imagination, these little stories are delicious." -Rikki Ducornet
Praise for The Hermaphrodite (An Hallucinated Memoir): "[A] collage of satire and slapstick, allegory and hallucination...an "art novel" in the fullest sense." -Marguerite Feitlowitz
"A modern space-time set of interconnected myths and stories . . . startling sets of shape shiftings and melting tableaus . . . elegantly precise . . . graceful . . . a work of art." -Ed Sanders
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2009
Publisher BOA Editions Ltd.
ISBN 1934414107 ISBN13 9781934414101
Availability 0 units.
More About Daniel Grandbois
Of early French Canadian and Chipewa descent, Grandbois was born in Minnesota and raised in Colorado. He is the author of Unlucky Lucky Days, a collection of short tales, upcoming from BOA. A musician, he has played bass for Tarantella and Slim Cessna's Auto Club
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Following in Edson's footsteps Aug 10, 2008
With this collection, Daniel Grandbois shows himself to be the heir apparent to Russell Edson, premier American prose poem surrealist. Many of the surreal non-sequiturs Edson's so fond of are in evidence here--not, of course, the same material, but the same kind of startling jump cuts that Edson is so well known for.
Of course Grandbois has his own style, and it is quirky and scintillating. But it is strikingly evident that he has read a lot of Edson, which is certainly not a bad thing at all. A prose poem that can somehow combine ice cream and spider legs is one example. Here again, of course, it's hard to know if these should be called prose poems or flash fictions. I tend to think of Edson more as a poet, so likewise Grandbois.
Of course on the other hand, there are the two brilliant collections of pieces by W.S. Merwin, Houses and Travellers, and The Miner's Pale Children--and these to me read more like flash fictions (most of them). But back to Grandbois--for a stimulating reading experience that parcels out surprising juxtapositions of surreal events and objects in small doses, you can't do much better than Unlucky Lucky Days. Put this next to Russel Edson's The Clam Theater and The Reason Why the Closet Man is Never Sad.
That's what I would do, anyway....
New TALENT - Amazing! Aug 3, 2008
" Unlucky Lucky Days" is a book of 73 succulent stories. Every word resonates with an allegorical style that opens the doors to an unusual universe of objects and characters-- "The Chair," "The Fish," "The Log," "The Yarn," "New Heaven," "The Urge," "The Left Hand." These stories are astonishing and surreal, satirical and philosophical, and written with great humor.
A third of the stories center on humans, but you will meet many other strange creatures here as well, like The Three Cranes--Fly No Oval, Hear No Oval, and Walk No Oval--and the beautiful but doomed giraffe, curiously named Happy Birthday Grandma.
From "The Hair:" "When the wind was just right, the hair made throatlike tunnels of itself and imitated birdscalls. `WHIP-poor-WILL... WHIP-poor-WILL,' chirped the hair at twilight, sometimes four hundred times without stopping."
"Unlucky Lucky Days" is an absolute treasure! One of my favorite tales is "Greener Pastures," in which a giant man-eating frog, who dreams of becoming an architect, shapes his dung heaps into replicas of the churches he has devoured so that when he leaves "once more for greener pastures, the people [are] stuck there, praying for their own.".
A story doesn't need a thousand words to entertain and enlighten. Jul 9, 2008
A story doesn't need a thousand words to entertain and enlighten. "Unlucky Lucky Days" is an anthology of over seventy pieces of flash fiction from skilled author Daniel Grandbois. His stories cover countless topics that are absurd, surreal, satirical, witty, and so much more. His skill as a writer is displayed well as he gets his messages across with brevity and zest. "Unlucky Lucky Days" is highly recommended for community library collections focusing on short fiction anthologies.