Six years after coming to Seattle and utterly entrancing readers with his debut book of stories, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, Ben Loory is back to do it again, this time with Tales of Falling and Flying (Penguin), stories as magic and wondrous as their predecessors, if not more so.
“Who the hell is this guy? What happened to make this brain? These are the questions you’ll ask after Ben Loory’s Tales of Falling and Flying. Loory is the psychedelic Aesop of our modern age, the king of talking birds and frogs, characters named war and peace, the Apuleius of the internet generation. His words are full of swords and wings. Get ready. They’ll cut you. They’ll make you fly.” —Scott McClanahan.
“To read a Ben Loory story is to slip through a portal into an adjacent dimension. To learn—with brevity and clarity—the laws of this universe next door, new rules of logic and contradiction and truth. And, in the end, to be left with the disturbing and wondrous feeling of having never left home at all.” —Charles Yu.