Everything Abridged: Stories
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Everything Abridged: Stories

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For readers of David Wong, Paul Beatty, and George Saunders, an electrifying and wholly original collection of satirical stories that create a bitingly funny portrait of American racism, capitalism, and politicsFramed as a reference work of humorous "entries" that offer trenchant social commentary, Everything Abridged presages a dark vision of the near future but tells jokes in the face of it: An intelligence agency operative uncovers a conspiracy to generate conspiracies and realizes his participation in the scheme. A Caribbean monarch meets four decades of American presidents and adjusts his country's foreign policy accordingly. Experiment participants are asked to bring back a gun as quickly as possible. A copywriter on a space colony advertises a weapon with the potential to destroy his home during an intergalactic war.These and other linked stories, many of which feature a speculative bent-about being Black in America, law enforcement practices in an android society, Olympic speed walking, consumerism, nuclear war, and more-are interspersed with hilarious, one-line definitions for words ranging from abolition to zygote, creating a sharply humorous portrait of American inequality. With his singular wit, sharp prose, and shrewd observations, Dennard Dayle captures the struggles his characters face to keep hold of their sanity in a society collapsing into chaos and absurdity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 1419760963
  • 9781419760969

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"Everything Abridged: Stories by Dennard Dayle: Miscategorized. Calling this addictively book-shaped act of language subversion "stories" is like calling New York City "buildings" The nonstandard reference to all sorts of things it would have been disturbing to learn if you hadn't been laughing so hard Herald of a major new talent--what more do you need to know? Why are you still reading the cover and not the inside?"-- "Susan Choi, National Book Award-winning author of Trust Exercise"
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About Dennard Dayle

Dennard Dayle is a Jamaican-American writer from New York City. He is a graduate of Princeton University and received his MFA from Columbia University. His short fiction has been published by Clarkesworld, Matchbook, the Hard Times, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. Everything Abridged is his debut collection.
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