Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings

ISBN9780062652614
PublisherHarper Collins Publishers
PublishedApril 10, 2018
Pages256
AuthorJez Burrows
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.2 Kg.
Height7.1 in.
Width4.5 in.
Depth0.6 in.

Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings

Jez Burrows

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April 10, 2018

Jez Burrows opened the New Oxford American Dictionary and sat, mystified. Instead of the definition of "study" he was looking for, he found himself drawn to the strangely conspicuous, curiously melodramatic sentence that followed it: "He perched on the edge of the bed, a study in confusion and misery." It read like a tiny piece of fiction on the lam and hiding out in the dictionary—and it wasn’t alone. Was it possible to reunite these fugitive fictions? To combine and remix example sentences to form new works? With this spark and a handful of stories shared online, Dictionary Stories was born.

This genre-bending and wildly inventive collection glows with humor, emotion, and intellect. Effortlessly transcending sentence level, Burrows lights between the profound and the absurd, transporting readers into moments, worlds, and experiences of remarkable variety. Featuring original illustrations by the author, Dictionary Stories is a giddy celebration of the beauty and flexibility of language.

Buy Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings by Jez Burrows at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings

Jez Burrows

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ISBN9780062652614
PublisherHarper Collins Publishers
PublishedApril 10, 2018
Pages256
AuthorJez Burrows
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.2 Kg.
Height7.1 in.
Width4.5 in.
Depth0.6 in.

Synopsis

Jez Burrows opened the New Oxford American Dictionary and sat, mystified. Instead of the definition of "study" he was looking for, he found himself drawn to the strangely conspicuous, curiously melodramatic sentence that followed it: "He perched on the edge of the bed, a study in confusion and misery." It read like a tiny piece of fiction on the lam and hiding out in the dictionary—and it wasn’t alone. Was it possible to reunite these fugitive fictions? To combine and remix example sentences to form new works? With this spark and a handful of stories shared online, Dictionary Stories was born.

This genre-bending and wildly inventive collection glows with humor, emotion, and intellect. Effortlessly transcending sentence level, Burrows lights between the profound and the absurd, transporting readers into moments, worlds, and experiences of remarkable variety. Featuring original illustrations by the author, Dictionary Stories is a giddy celebration of the beauty and flexibility of language.

Buy Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings by Jez Burrows at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

“Burrows has a talent for a delightfully askew existentialism… The stories are wickedly short but exquisitely rendered, accompanied by whimsical, minimalist illustrations by the author. A fabulist remix of the English language and a tribute to clever lexicographers everywhere.”

– Kirkus

“[An] entirely original collection… With a deft eye for depth and irony, Burrows plucks seemingly inane phrases…and arranges them into haunting, hilarious, and human minidramas.”

– Booklist

“Uproarious and ingenious… What sounds like mere novelty turns out to be a revelation in Burrows’s hands, as unlikely sentences generate even more unlikely narratives. Dictionary Stories is a joyful celebration of idiosyncrasy and invention.”

– Publishers Weekly