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Ben Loory discusses his new book, Tales of Falling and Flying, with Ethel Rohan.
Praise for Tales of Falling and Flying
“Parables, dark fables, quirky flash fictions—call them what you will, Ben Loory has perfected the form and in Tales of Falling and Flying proves once again he can disturb a little and entertain a lot. Easily read, not easily forgotten.”—Jeff VanderMeer, author of The Southern Reach Trilogy
“Ben Loory’s stories are little gifts, strange and moving and wonderfully human. I devoured this book in one sitting.”—Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
“Russell Edson’s new protégé, or Steven Millhauser, distilled into tea. Meet, or re-meet, Ben Loory, whose preposterous, friendly stories can’t help but charm. They are so bizarrely readable they don’t even feel like they’re made of words.”—Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
About Tales of Falling and Flying
Ben Loory returns with a second collection of timeless tales, inviting us to enter his worlds of whimsical fantasy, deep empathy, and playful humor, in the signature voice that drew readers to his highly praised first collection. In stories that eschew literary realism, Loory’s characters demonstrate richly imagined and surprising perspectives, whether they be dragons or swordsmen, star-crossed lovers or long-lost twins, restaurateurs dreaming of Paris or cephalopods fixated on space travel. In propulsive language that brilliantly showcases Loory’s vast imagination, Tales of Falling and Flying expands our understanding of how fiction can work and is sure to cement his reputation as one of the most innovative short-story writers working today.
"Mesmerizing and magical. . . . A stunning book." --NPR.org
"This guy can write " --Ray Bradbury
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