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A Jellyfish for Every Name David Rawson

A Jellyfish for Every Name

David Rawson

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ISBN : 97894161708
Kindle Edition
46 pages
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David Rawson’s A Jellyfish for Every Name is a collection of short stories that almost connect to each other, sharing characters and images that resonate throughout. The characters in these stories are also attempting to connect (through family,MoreDavid Rawson’s A Jellyfish for Every Name is a collection of short stories that almost connect to each other, sharing characters and images that resonate throughout. The characters in these stories are also attempting to connect (through family, relationships, religion, science, and history) but are failing.Two women communicating through an alligator puppet, a man’s ex girlfriends dying on their way to buy Alfred Hitchcock memorabilia after he introduced them to his movies, a son reading his father’s field guide to North American flowers alone in an attic, a mother taking her son to a circus neither wants to go to, God sleeping inside the body of Moses on the moon — this is a world where people are haunted by the past and by the permanent mark one person leaves on another.David Rawson’s A Jellyfish for Every Name beautifully blends the quotidian with the mythic to create a collection of linked short stories that connect our everyday selves to the sublime. Masterfully written, and even more masterfully conceived, this is a must-read. -Sarah Einstein, managing editor of BrevityBeneath the blanket of beautifully crafted sentences of A Jellyfish for Every Name, David Rawson has constructed an intricate framework of symbolism and science in which young Moses Friedman’s longing for knowledge and human connection is palpable from story one. “The ocean is not a womb. The mouth is not an ocean. The mouth is not a womb,” becomes a mantra for ordering the world, the body, intimacy. The collection culminates in a cerebral masterpiece, the images of which will haunt the reader perhaps forever. -Megan Hudgins, author of CrixaDavid Rawson is an incantatory young writer whose stories are more like summons, bent radio signals from the old weird America to the new. His most recent chapbook—A Jellyfish for Every Name—stirs up what’s left of America’s sad magic, and it shakes the reader, as if to say: together, we can still make it to the Moon. -Joel E. R. Smith, author of The Parish and fiction editor with Spork PressDavid Rawson writes fractured stories and fractured lives – and from the fissures and breaks like a different kind of light. It’s sad and it’s beautiful and it’s a voice I’ve never quite heard before.” Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies