Your Body Is Changing

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Doubleday Canada, Jul 3, 2007 - Eccentrics and eccentricities - 208 pages
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A new collection of stories from the Pushcart Prize-winning author ofThe Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure.

Glittering with mischief and perversity, Jack Pendarvis’s latest collection of short fiction introduces readers to a world of losers poised on the brink of all sorts of disaster – a world only a wink and a nod away from our own.

In the title novella a fundamentalist teenager must single-handedly confront the horrors of a spiritual quest filled with secular humanists, an apocalyptic folk artist, and a couple of movie stars. The other stories deal poignantly with – among other things – a young millionaire pretending to be a detective, Alabamians getting violent in a New York bar, the good folks who invented diarrhea-inducing chewing gum, a man who becomes an impromptu drug mule, magnetic healers, and a candidate making a sad speech for office.

Underlying each comedic gem and neurotic twist is an intelligence and empathy rarely found in modern satire. Like the best guidebooks,Your Body is Changingwill invite you in with its zany humor and indict you with its moving truths.
 

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Contents

Lumber Land
5
Outsiders
33
Tollbooth Confidential
47
The Train Going Back
69
Your Body Is Changing
85
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About the author (2007)

Jack Pendarvis lives in Atlanta. His writing has appeared inMcSweeney’s,The Believerand theOxford American, and he is a contributing editor toPaste.Your Body is Changingis his second book.

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