An explorer’s unknown whereabouts keep a queen in anticipation; a faith healer’s illegal radio broadcasts give hope to an oppressed people; a president’s offer of ice cream surprises a prostitute expecting to turn a trick—the three short fictions gathered in The Strange Case of Rachel K build into a vision that is black-humored, brutal, and beautiful. Written prior to the publication of Kushner’s acclaimed debut novel Telex From Cuba, these stories, like Roberto Bolaño’s Antwerp, burst forth with the genesis of her fictional universe. From the mythical “Great Exception,” to the ominous “Debouchment”—originally published in her too-short-lived journal Soft Targets—to the sexy and noirish title story, Kushner saddles up for a journey into the wilds of modern fiction.
The Strange Case of Rachel K by Rachel Kushner
Red/White/Green paperback covers with like spine. No edge wear or corner bumps. Clean, tight pages and binding. Published by New Directions Publishing Corporation in 2015. First Edition. Measures 6.75 x 4.25 inches with 80 pages. New. Historical Fiction / Short Stories