Om Nice Big American Baby
A blazingly original, profoundly moving new work of fiction by a writer whose worldand imaginationknows no boundaries. ';I don't know what planet Judy Budnitz comes from,' said Newsweek on the publication of her fiction debut, Flying Leap, ';but I'm happy to have her. Tremendous . . . funny, dark, adventurous, slanted, and enchanted.' These twelve astonishingly inventive storieswhich take us into the heart of America and around the globe, from suburban backyards and swimming pools to war-torn streets and fallout sheltersare riveting, seductive, and impossible to forget.In ';Flush,' a mammogram prompts a dark comedy of blurred identities between a mother and her two adult daughters. In ';Elephant and Boy,' a surrogate mother-and-son bond, tinged with the erotic, is formed when a philanthropist attempts to ';civilize' a young elephant handler. ';Nadia' sounds the depths of a young woman's complex feelings toward a friend' s mail-order bride from Eastern Europe. ';Preparedness'an Orwellian tale in Technicolorimagines rapture in the wake of imminent apocalypse. And in ';Where We Come From,' a pregnant woman's many failed attempts to cross the border do not lessen her resolve to give birth on U.S. soil to a ';nice big American baby.'Magical, poignant, often transcendent, these are virtuoso modern fables that mine our stores of hidden urges, misunderstandings, and blind passions, inviting us on a voyage through places and times at once deeply familiar and wondrously strange.