Greenberg, KJ Hannah. The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles. Bellmawr, New Jersey: Bards and Sages Publishing, 2013.
The summary for this book states that Greenberg is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a National Endowment for the Humanities awardee. So yes, I fell for the “author with prizes” trick in picking up this collection of short stories.
The summation also suggested the stories would be “fiction sprinkled with friendly insanity” and, at times, “profound realism.”
I’ve read about four of the eighty stories and I just can’t continue.
I. Just. Can’t.
The writing reminds me of a college student’s first foray into creative writing, being weird for the sake of being weird to the point where it isn’t weird but incomprehensible. One sentence follows the next and they often don’t seem related. I think there is supposed to be humor, laughing at adversity (remember “profound realism”), but the reader has to spend so much time deciphering the language that everyone misses the joke.
I know this writer has her reader. Those already reading Fallopian Falafel Magazine and Winamop and AlienSkin Magazine (these are all real zines, I checked) will be delighted with Greenberg’s collection. Those of us looking for something different might find Greenberg has a bit too much “friendly insanity.”
The cover is cute, though.
Please note I received a free advanced reading copy of this book through LibraryThing in exchange for a review.