Kushner is the champion of something strange, wonderful and real.

—Rivka Galchen

Now in paperback, three early stories about myth, power, and sex by the acclaimed author of The Flamethrowers

The Strange Case of Rachel K

Fiction by Rachel Kushner

The three pieces gathered in The Strange Case of Rachel K roughly map the genesis of Rachel Kushner’s fiction. From the fate of a conquistador in “The Great Exception,” to the illegal radio broadcasts and then bombs in “Debouchment,” to a Havana courtesan’s “strange” case, these stories build into a vision of Cuba that is black-humored, brutal, and beautiful.

In this collection, which “overflows in atmosphere as it shows off the burgeoning talent of one of our best writers” (NPR), Rachel Kushner is forging her own original path into the wilds of contemporary fiction.

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Paperback (published September 6, 2016)

ISBN
9780811225533
Price US
10.95
Price CN
13.95
Trim Size
4 x 7
Page Count
80

Clothbound (published September 6, 2016)

ISBN
9780811224215
Price US
19.95
Price CN
22.95
Page Count
96

Ebook (published September 6, 2016)

ISBN
9780811224222
Price US
19.95
Page Count
96

Kushner is the champion of something strange, wonderful and real.

—Rivka Galchen

Full of vibrantly different stories and histories, all of them particular, all of them brilliantly alive

—James Wood, The New Yorker

The title story is a bitter and perfumed prose study in sensuality and brutal compromise with life’s harsh demands.

—Alan Cheuse, NPR

Kushner’s writing is fluid and clear and possesses a rhythm as determined as an ocean current. In this slim book, readers will encounter three stories of terrific depth.

Publishers Weekly

The Kushner of The Strange Case of Rachel K is interested primarily in myth, sex, epistemology and rhetoric, the boundaries of what can be known and how, the female and male gaze, and infinity.

—Gavin tomson, Highway Magazine

There’s a quality of iridescence to Kushner’s writing. Many of the passages are multi-colored: tilted one way you see one colour, tilted another the colour changes.

—Hermione Hoby, The Guardian

Her prose has a poise and wariness and moral graininess that puts you in mind of weary-souled visionaries like Robert Stone and Joan Didion.

—Dwight Gardner, New York Times Book Review

Kushner is a vivid storyteller.

—David Ulin, Los Angeles Times