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Alligator and Other Stories

(2020)
A collection of stories by

 
 
'Startling, often shocking . . . brilliant.' Daily Mail

'These charged, visceral stories get under the skin and stay there. This collection heralds the arrival of an electrifying new voice.' Irenosen Okojie

In Alligator and Other Stories, Dima Alzayat captures luminously how it feels to be ‘other’: as a Syrian, as an Arab, as an immigrant, as a woman. Each story of the nine stories is a snapshot of those moments when unusual circumstances suddenly distinguish us from our neighbours, when our difference is thrown into relief.

Here are ‘dangerous’ women transgressing, missing children in 1970s New York, a family who were once Syrian but have now lost their name, and a young woman about to discover the hollowness of the American dream. At its centre lies ‘Alligator’: a remarkable compilation of real and invented sources, which rescues from history the story of a Syrian American couple who were murdered at the hands of the state.

Alzayat explores experiences that are startling and real, delivering an emotional punch that lingers long after reading.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Alzayat’s compassion for her characters runs deep in this book. I especially can’t stop thinking about the title story - an original, heartbreaking and hypnotic collage." - Katya Apekina

"Alligator and Other Stories is heartfelt, heartbreaking and heart-mending. It's also razor sharp on the shifting layers of history, family, faith, gender, culture and language that make up that strange thing we call 'identity.' An important, necessary book." - Jenn Ashworth

"In the debut short story collection Alligator, author Dima Alzayat proves herself an incredible literary chameleon, writing across history, nationality, gender and age with deep nuance and empathy. The title story, 'Alligator,' is an ambitious, original take on the history of racist violence in the United States. The range of voices and perspectives rendered with such authenticity in this collection is a major accomplishment. Together the stories form a patchwork of loss and grief that are unsentimental yet resonant." - Dana Czapnik

"Originality meets craft." - Anne Enright

"This is a wonderful collection, exceptional in fact. Its consideration of displacement and identity is so nuanced, intelligent and tender, and its modes of telling so dextrous, apt and beautiful. In Alligator and Other Stories, lives are captured with care and formidable compassion." - Wendy Erskine

"Dima Alzayat's stories are nuanced, unusual and emotionally lacerating. Hers is a voice that is both vital and haunting." - Stuart Evers

"Gloriously hypnotic. These charged, visceral stories get under the skin and stay there. This collection heralds the arrival of an electrifying new voice." - Irenosen Okojie

"I found [Alligator] tremendously assured, wise-cracking and elegaic, with a firm pulse on the magical and mundane. I loved its hard-edged lyricism and the tremendous empathetic range and distinctiveness of vision that Dima Alzayat demonstrates in this wonderful collection that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt caught between cultures, places and the interstices of memory and the loaded everyday." - Sharlene Teo


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May 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Alligator and Other Stories
Author(s): Dima Alzayat
ISBN: 1-5290-2989-9 / 978-1-5290-2989-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2020 : USA Paperback
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Author(s): Dima Alzayat
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