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The Rock Eaters by Brenda Peynado

The Rock Eaters

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The Rock Eaters by Brenda Peynado
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May 11, 2021 | ISBN 9780143135623

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“A stunning debut collection comprised of provocative stories that are oddly healing and horizon-expanding. An exciting new voice.”
—Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author of Annihilation
“A genre-bending sociopolitical commentary with prose that shines.”
The Washington Post

“This book is a giant. What staggering reach and ambition Brenda Peynado’s stories have: here are aliens, tortured superhumans, angels, sufferings literalized as stones, ritualized drownings, enchanted sleeps, the hauntings of home, all rendered with the kind of power that sweeps us effortlessly from exhilaration to despair and back again. The Rock Eaters is the work of an imagination that brooks no limits, that claims, masterfully, all territories as its own. I’m in awe of this book. It’s one of the most thrilling debuts I’ve read in years.” 
—Clare Beams, author of The Illness Lesson

“I love Brenda Peynado’s big, beautiful imagination and the way her stories open up whole universes of possibility in only a few vivid pages. She is a magical mindbender–in conversation with Karen Russell and Margaret Atwood–who helps us understand the troubling issues of our world through a speculative lens. The Rock Eaters will put a spell on you.”
—Benjamin Percy, author of Suicide WoodsThrill MeThe Dark Net, and Red Moon
“This book. This beautiful, fierce, tender, aching, and glorious book. The Rock Eaters has the range, depth, art, and humanity that is short fiction at its peak. These are stories that demand you sit and breathe after finishing. From rocks that hold sorrow to hands and arms that stretch forever, Peynado’s voice is singular. An extraordinary collection.”
—Erika Swyler, bestselling author of Light from Other Stars and The Book of Speculation

The Rock Eaters is vicious and beautiful, full of characters who will refuse to leave you at peace. Both painfully realistic and mind-bendingly fantastical, these stories capture the sense of displacement that comes with recognizing who we really are. Read it now, and see for yourself.”
—Annalee Newitz, author of The Future of Another Timeline and Four Lost Cities

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