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Alien Stories

(2021)
A collection of stories by

 
 
“A vital voice in the short story, telling us new truths with deep humanity."

–George Saunders


Celebrated Nigerian-born writer E.C. Osondu delivers a short-story collection of nimble dexterity and startling originality in his BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning Alien Stories.

These eighteen startling stories, each centered around an encounter with the unexpected, explore what it means to be an alien. With a nod to the dual meaning of alien as both foreigner and extraterrestrial, Osondu turns familiar science-fiction tropes and immigration narratives on their heads, blending one with the other to call forth a whirlwind of otherness. With wry observations about society and human nature, in shifting landscapes from Africa to America to outer space and back again, Alien Stories breaks down the concept of foreignness to reveal what unites us all as ‘aliens’ within a complex and interconnected universe.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Osondu looks at the human condition in all its poignant absurdity; with observant wonder and subtle humor, he portrays our capacity for heartbreak, resilience, love, courage, sorrow, and most of all, our unique capacity for hope and hopelessness rolled together." - Mary Gaitskill

"E.C. Osondu has written uncannily direct stories with nothing ‘posed’ about them. This is a collection of real power, surprise, and harsh beauty." - Amy Hempel

"A vital voice in the short story, telling us new truths with deep humanity." - George Saunders


Used availability for E C Osondu's Alien Stories

Hardback Editions

May 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: Alien Stories (American Reader Series, 36)
Author(s): E C Osondu
ISBN: 1-950774-49-X / 978-1-950774-49-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd.
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

May 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Alien Stories (American Reader Series, 36)
Author(s): E C Osondu
ISBN: 1-950774-31-7 / 978-1-950774-31-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

May 2021 : USA, Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Alien Stories (American Reader Series Book 36)
Author(s): E C Osondu
Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU