Demons in the Spring

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Akashic Books, Sep 1, 2008 - Fiction - 280 pages
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"An inspired collection of 20 stories, brilliant in its command of tone and narrative perspective...Creativity and empathy mark the collection . . . Illustrations enhance the already vivid storytelling."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Spanning worlds, generations, cultures and environments, each of Meno's short stories in this stellar collection explores depression, loneliness and insanity in the world . . ."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Eclectic, funny, constantly surprising—these are the things a short story collection should be allowed to be, and Joe Meno's Demons in the Spring absolutely is . . . a rich, unforgettable stew of a book."
--Dave Eggers

The limited-edition hardcover of Demons in the Spring was a finalist for the 2009 Story Prize, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2008, a Time Out Chicago Best Book of 2008, and it drew starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. It is a collection of twenty short stories with illustrations by twenty artists from the fine art, graphic art, and comic book worlds.

Joe Meno is the best-selling author of five novels, including the smash hits Hairstyles of the Damned and The Boy Detective Fails (both published by Akashic Books), and two story collections. He was the winner of the 2003 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction and is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College in Chicago.

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User Review  - cait815 - LibraryThing

I can no longer say "I'm not really a fan of short stories but..." I've just read too many great stories lately for that statement to apply. I absolutely loved this book. My favorite stories were The Unabomber and My Brother and Art School is Boring So, but honestly most of them were fantastic. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An inspired collection of 20 stories, brilliant in its command of tone and narrative perspective.Among the features that distinguish the latest from Chicago author Meno (The Boy Detective Fails, 2006 ... Read full review


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Animals in the Zoo illustration by Jay Ryan
People Are Becoming Clouds illustration by Nick Butcher
Ghost Plane illustration by Jon Resh
The Boy Who Was a Chirping Oriole illustration by Archer Prewitt
The Unabomber and My Brother illustration by Cody Hudson
Art School Is Boring So illustration by Steph Davidson
Oceanland illustration by Anders Nilsen
Get Well Seymour illustration by Paul Hornschemeier
Iceland Today illustration by Rachell Sumpter
Airports of Light illustration by kozyndan
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What a Schoolgirl You Are illustration by Kelsey Brookes
Miniature Elephants Are Popular illustration by Todd Baxter
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Meno is the author of three other novels, including "How the Hula Girl Sings" and "Hairstyles of the Damned," a selection of the B&N Discover Program and an international bestseller. He is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College, Chicago, the cofounder of Sleepwalk magazine, and a columnist for Punk Planet magazine.

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