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Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives

(2010)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Dark and brilliant tales capturing the strangeness of human (and almost-human) life. In this, his first collection of stories since his celebrated, award-winning Last Days of the Dog-Men, Brad Watson takes us even deeper into the riotous, appalling, and mournful oddity of human beings.

In prose so perfectly pitched as to suggest some celestial harmony, he writes about every kind of domestic discord: unruly or distant children, alienated spouses, domestic abuse, loneliness, death, divorce. In his masterful title novella, a freshly married teenaged couple are visited by an unusual pair of inmates from a nearby insane asylum - and find out exactly how mismatched they really are.

With exquisite tenderness, Watson relates the brutality of both nature and human nature. There's no question about it. Brad Watson writes so well - with such an all-seeing, six-dimensional view of human hopes, inadequacies, and rare grace - that he must be an extraterrestrial. .



Praise for this book

"Watson's talent is singular. Truly awesome." - A M Homes


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Hardback Editions

March 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives: Stories
Author(s): Brad Watson
ISBN: 0-393-05711-9 / 978-0-393-05711-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Paperback Editions

March 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives: Stories
Author(s): Brad Watson
ISBN: 0-393-33885-1 / 978-0-393-33885-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Kindle Editions

March 2014 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives (excerpt) (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading Book 94)
Author(s): Brad Watson
Publisher: Electric Literature
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March 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives: Stories
Author(s): Brad Watson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2010 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives
Author(s): Brad Watson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU