This vibrant collection of nineteen short stories by the two-time winner of the prestigious O. Henry Prize is by turns erotic, wildly funny, bawdy, and poignant. Eidus explores our contemporary obsessions: sex—both safe and not-so-safe; Prozac, the '90s drug of choice; Nautilus machine mania; the sinister attraction of vampires; film star James Dean; and rock ‘n’ roll icons Axl Rose and Elvis—all with dazzling range.
Janice Eidus’ quirky characters seek transcendence in exotic ways, and they sometimes even find it. These unpredictable stories demonstrate that Janice Eidus continues to be “. . . one of the freshest and most idiosyncratic voices from the fiction frontier (San Francisco Chronicle).”