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From the author of the “enthralling” (New York Times Book Review) and “beautiful” (Washington Post) debut novel The Vexations comes an exciting new story collection that moves boldly between the real and the surreal.

Following her “marvelous” (Wall Street Journal) first novel, Caitlin Horrocks returns with a much-anticipated collection of short stories. In her signature, genre-defying style, she explodes our notions of what a story can do and where it can take us.
Life Among the Terranauts demonstrates all the inventiveness that won admirers for Horrocks’s first collection. In “The Sleep,” reprinted in Best American Short Stories, residents of a town in the frigid Midwest decide to hibernate through the bitter winters. In the title story, half a dozen people move into an experimental biodome for a shot at a million dollars, if they can survive two years. And in “Sun City,” published in The New Yorker, a young woman meets her grandmother’s roommate in the wake of her death and attempts to solve the mystery of whether the two women were lovers.
As the Boston Globe noted of her first collection, Horrocks is a master of “wild yet delicately handled satire,” a “sprightly heartbreak” in which she is able to “mingle a note of tenderness in the desolation.” With its startling range—from Norwegian trolls to Peruvian tour guides—Life Among the Terranauts once again dazzles readers, cementing Horrocks’s reputation as one of the premier young writers of our time.

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Reader Reviews


Praise for The Vexations-
"Marvelous...The Vexations wonderfully embellishes the world through which Satie wandered like some kind of marooned alien visitor."—Wall Street Journal
New York Times Book Review
"A wrenching portrait of overconfidence as a destructive force."
The Atlantic
"Vibrant...Deeply affecting...Horrocks deftly plumbs the singular zeal--and occasional neuroses--that drive artists toward achievement as well as self-destruction...The Vexations explores grand themes with grace and conviction."—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"In this melodic tale, first novelist Horrocks reimagines the rich ferment of fin de siècle Paris."
O, The Oprah Magazine
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