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We call it a transfer… It’s important to use the terms, to distance yourself. It’s a dead guy in the back of a van, really, but the words can be something else.
Dead bodies, rum-runners, murdered mothers. Small-town Alberta is home to Ian, a transfer agent who removes dead bodies all day and who has forgotten how to talk to the living; Becky, a failed academic looking to invent a violent history to escape her mundane present; and Athene, a young woman who witnessed her mother’s murder and now seeks answers from the man who took her mother’s body away.
In You Are Among Monsters, the dead have stories left to tell. But who gets to do the telling?
Praise for Jon R. Flieger
You Are Among Monsters is devastatingly wise and relentless in its parsing of the kindness and lies of language, and of the tangled relationships between the characters who populate the novel. Flieger’s writing is terrifying but still outrageously funny, daring the reader to face the monsters both within and without.
Dwelling in the uncertain yet generative spaces between history and story, passion and dispassion, prose and poetry, No Chance and hope, Flieger brings language back to life, showing that it is helpful, that in the right hands it speaks both the monstrous and the beautiful within us.