It is inconvenient being a wolf.
Imagine this: spring, sitting in a desk when the stamens
and petals of daffodils or day lilies or lilacs bloom, and the
heady scent of pollen comes to you so strongly that your
nose is full of it. . .
In his latest collection of short fiction, Eric Freeze puts his talent in service of witty and heartbreaking storytelling. This is a dazzling mix that feels remarkably effortless, from "The Virgins" (an homage to Rick Moody) to the formally innovative ("Mr. America"). A wild fabulist strain runs throughout, from "The Ice Woman" to "The Invisible Invisible Man," in which a pair of overalls keeps a husband out of sight. Following his award-winning Hemingway on A Bike, Freeze continues to hit his stride.
Advance praise for Invisible Men
"Ovid’s got nothing on these brand new metamorphic fictions found in Eric Freeze’s transformative Invisible Men. Osmotic in content and flexible in form, these stories turn themselves inside out, unhinge and pivot, a collection of epiphianic epiphanies. Reading these, we wake, newly genetically engineered Gregor Samsas, to these transcendent dreams evolving into these monstrously sublime visions."
– Michael Martone, author of Michael Martone and Four A Quarter
"A smart, funny, and moving collection. Freeze creates characters and voices
that ring true—you know these people—while at the same time constantly surprising with what they think and do. If other readers are anything like me, they’ll be reflecting on these stories for a good long while after finishing them. There’s some magic in these
– Ian Stansel, the author of Everbody's Irish
"From the chilling thought experiment called 'Duplex,' which opens this powerful collection, to the strange and beautiful elegy to a lost life called 'Ice Woman' that closes it, Eric Freeze investigates with not a little humor and plenty of sorrow, the chasms and chaos several men (and a few women) leave behind when they disappear."
– Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted
". . .Freeze warns us that invisibility doesn’t offer protection. Indeed, invisibility always predicts pain—pain for the men themselves, and pain for those around them. In 'Mr. America,' Freeze tells us 'men hold their arms, trying to massage out all the hurt' (160), and that emerges as the central idea around which all these stories gather. 'They are all under a tremendous amount of pressure. They try to hide it with prepared statements, with dazzling outfits, with full-Nelsons and banter and worn boots and t-shirts and opinions. But these men can crack. You’ve seen it happen. It will break your heart' (154). . ."
- Lisa Rumsey Harris in Dialogue magazine
"The stories in Freeze’s collection do what great fiction is supposed to do for us as readers. We sidle up next to the characters, and we're not sure whether to sympathize with them or revile them. Insofar as fiction is a study of 'humanity,' these stories force us to confront feelings like fear, shame, anger, confusion, and indignity, and to negotiate in our own minds where rational thinking and instinct collide.” - Carve magazine
Eric Freeze is an award-winning author of literary fiction and non-fiction. His book of short stories, Dominant Traits (Dufour, 2012) was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award and his book of essays, Hemingway on a Bike (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), won the AML award in 2015. Eric is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Wabash College and has published short stories, essays and translations in various literary journals including most recently The Boston Review, The Tampa Review, The Southern Review, and The Normal School.
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