Best Books of 2017: Staff Picks

Al Kratz
Al Kratz
Dec 13, 2017 · 4 min read

“My classroom was on the first floor, next to the nun’s lounge. I used their bathroom to puke in the mornings.”

This exemplifies the tone for the collection. She’s a master of first-person fearlessness and unique perspective. Exploring this work reminded me of being a kid and reading through Vonnegut or Douglas Adams. I didn’t know people could write like that. I worked through all their books because I wanted more. It’s the same now with Moshfegh. I’m a lifelong subscriber to this voice:

“Whenever anyone talked about Ukraine, I pictured either a stark, gray forest full of howling black wolves or a trashy bar on a highway full of tired male prostitutes.”





The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Al Kratz

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Al Kratz

Al's novella-in-flash was recently short listed in the Bath Flash Fiction Award. His publications are listed at alkratz.blogspot.com.

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.