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Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives

Stories

by Brad Watson

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Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives by Brad Watson
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2010
    272 pages
    Genre: Short Stories

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In this, his first collection of stories since his celebrated, award-winning Last Days of the Dog-Men, Brad Watson takes us even deeper into the riotous, appalling, and mournful oddity of human beings.

In prose so perfectly pitched as to suggest some celestial harmony, he writes about every kind of domestic discord: unruly or distant children, alienated spouses, domestic abuse, loneliness, death, divorce. In his masterful title novella, a freshly married teenaged couple are visited by an unusual pair of inmates from a nearby insane asylum—and find out exactly how mismatched they really are.

With exquisite tenderness, Watson relates the brutality of both nature and human nature.

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"Watson is a master at hairpin plot turns, and his characters come alive on the page with minimal backstory." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Watson's unforgettable characters are very real, despite their frightening predicaments, but seem to lack the wisdom and spiritual insight to change their lives...Essential reading and highly recommended." - Library Journal

"Watson consistently delivers that elusive element great Southern writers have always brought to the table - a delicious sense of the unexpected." - Kirkus Reviews

"National Book Award finalist Watson's powerful stories are a real downer, although he has moments of dark humor..." - Booklist

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Brad Watson Author Biography

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Brad Watson was an award-winning author and director of the University of Wyoming's creative writing program. He published four books, including his 2010 short story collection, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives, which was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction; The Heaven of Mercury (2002), a National Book Award finalist; Last Days of the Dog-Men: Stories (1996), which won the Academy of Arts and Letters award for first fiction; and Miss Jane: A Novel (2016), longlisted for the National Book Award. He died in July 2020 aged 64.

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