By Brad Watson
Finalist for the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction: "Watson's expertise is singular, actually amazing; [his tales] are infused with an uncanny beauty."—A. M. HomesIn this, his first choice of tales for the reason that his celebrated, award-winning Last Days of the Dog-Men, Brad Watson takes us even deeper into the riotous, appalling, and mournful oddity of human beings.
In prose so completely pitched as to signify a few celestial concord, he writes approximately all kinds of household discord: unruly or far-off young ones, alienated spouses, family abuse, loneliness, dying, divorce. In his masterful name novella, a freshly married teenaged couple are visited via an strange pair of inmates from a close-by insane asylum—and discover precisely how mismatched they truly are.
With beautiful tenderness, Watson relates the brutality of either nature and human nature. There's absolute confidence approximately it. Brad Watson writes so well—with such an all-seeing, six-dimensional view of human hopes, inadequacies, and infrequent grace—that he needs to be an extraterrestrial.
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I’m not so sure. Someday someone’s going to do it. ’ ‘Nonsense! Get to another planet and back! It’s impossible. It is to this age what the philosopher’s stone was to an earlier one. ’ At two o’clock a young schoolmaster looked earnestly at his charges. ‘This,’ he said, ‘is a history lesson. I wonder what history really means to you. I should like you to see it as I do not as a dull procession of facts and dates, but as the story of Man’s climb from the time when he was a dumb brute: a story that is still being told.
But this is an age of hair splitting. Many could be found to say that while Dale’s Norse ancestors were physically courageous, they were spiritually cowardly that the motive of their courage was the fear of losing a reputation for valour…. Dale should not have married at least, he should not have married a woman of Mary’s type. And inwardly Mary herself knew that now. He should have swept up one of the worshipping little things he had thrilled in the past. He should have installed in his home one of those pretty little goldenheads whose hope it was, and whose perpetual joy it would be, that she was the chosen and the closest to the hero acclaimed by millions.
Somewhere about nine thirty Police Gyrocurt Number 4 came hovering close to Number 5. Number 4’s pilot picked up a megaphone and shouted across: ‘Just look at ‘em down there. Bill. ’ Bill, in Number 5, nodded. ‘If they keep on comin’ in at this rate, we’ll lave to start parking them vertical,’ he bawled back. That part of the Plain which lay below them had undergone a transformation. Outside the five mile circle of the beacon balloons acres of country were covered with parked cars and ‘planes. From them crowds of black dots were stippled inwards, growing denser as they converged.
Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives: Stories by Brad Watson