The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories (Hardcover)
I haven’t been as interested in or riveted by a short story collection in quite a while. Over the course of this collection, Benz brings to life a diverse and life-filled chorus of voices, and no two are even close to the same. From an adolescent boy in the inner city to a sixteenth-century monk, there is no shortage of variety. And yet, despite the consistent sense of contrast, Benz manages to unify characters with their experiences of violence, their lives on the fringes of society, and their questioning and rebuking social and moral norms. I have a feeling Benz will have a lot to say and a lot more voices to inhabit in the years to come.— From Margaret's Picks
*LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT FICTION*
Named a Best Book of 2017 by The San Francisco Chronicle
Named one of Electric Literature's 15 Best Short Story Collections of 2017
A stunningly original debut collection about lives across history marked by violence and longing.
A brother and sister turn outlaw in a wild and brutal landscape. The daughter of a diplomat disappears and resurfaces across the world as a deadly woman of many names. A young Philadelphia boy struggles with the contradictions of privilege, violence, and the sway of an incarcerated father. A monk in sixteenth century England suffers the dissolution of his monastery and the loss of all that he held sacred.
The characters in The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead, Benz's wildly imaginative debut, are as varied as any in recent literature, but they share a thirst for adventure which sends them rushing full-tilt toward the moral crossroads, becoming victims and perpetrators along the way. Riveting, visceral, and heartbreaking, Benz's stories of identity, abandonment, and fierce love come together in a daring, arresting vision.