Life Among the Terranauts

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From the opening short story “The Sleep” to the closing title story, Caitlin Horrocks’s latest collection Life Among the Terranauts is a brilliant and dazzling look at the deepest ways we are flawed and how we try to cope with our brokenness.

Horrocks’s characters are imperfect in honest ways and achingly familiar. In “Teacher”, a woman comes to terms with being unsurprised that her former student turned out to be violent. “Chance Me” sees a father attempting to reconnect with his son only to realize the boy’s strengths lie in all of what the father has lost. For people who grew up in the 1980s, “On the Oregon Trail” is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. And that intersection of humor and pain is, ultimately, the gift of this collection.

Life Among the Terranauts is the kind of book you want to start over the minute you finish the last page and you want to gift to everyone you know so that you can talk about it. It is a truly exceptional book.

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Author Caitlin Horrocks
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 272 pages
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date 2021-Jan-12
ISBN 9780316316972
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Issue March 2021
Category Poetry & Short Stories


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