Dance on Saturday : stories

by Cotman, Elwin, 1984-

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Summary
In the title novella, Cotman imagines a group of near-immortals living in Pittsburgh in an uneasy truce with Lord Decay. Their truce is threatened when one of them takes pity on a young woman who knows their secret. In "Among the Zoologists," a game writer on their way to a convention falls in with a group of rogue Darwinists whose baggage contains a great mystery. A volleyball tournament devolves into nightmare and chaos in "Mine." In Cotman's hands, the conventions of genresfrom fairytales to Victorian literature to epic fantasy and horror give shape to marvelously new stories.
Contents
Dance on Saturday
Seven Watsons
Mine
The son's war
Among the zoologists
The piper's Christmas gift.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Cotman (Hard Times Blues) wields biting wit, powerful emotion, and magic large and small throughout these six superlative stories. From the epic fantasy "The Son's War," which wrestles with themes of imagination and greed as a prince creates two automaton companions, one out of diamond and one out of jade, and soon favors one over the other, to the claustrophobic social thriller "Mine," set at a high school volleyball tournament in Hell as the teen girl players become increasingly cruel and the behavior of the adults around them increasingly inappropriate, Cotman utilizes genre conventions to examine racism, sexism, power imbalances, and hypocrisy. "Among the Zoologists" is a sexually charged fever dream about a zoology conference that blurs the line between humans and animals. The title story is the strongest, imagining a group of immortals with the ability to extend their lives by growing and consuming fruit, in prose that ranges from humorous (" grabbed the first three Mariah Carey LPs for maximum positive energy") to lyrical ("She adored the sight of melons hanging like rotund trapeze artists from their own vines"). Readers will be blown away by this standout tale, which grapples with the responsibility of holding power, and whether that power can, or should, be shared. Cotman's bold and timely speculative fiction marks him as a writer to watch. (June)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Short stories.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher Easthampton, MA :2020
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Short stories.
Language English
Description 318 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781618731722
1618731726
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