NER contributor Norman Lock has released his new collection of short-stories, Love Among the Particles. From the publisher:
“Love Among the Particles is virtuosic story telling, at once a poignant critique of our romance with technology and a love letter to language. In a whirlwind tour of space, time, and literary history, Norman Lock creates worlds that veer wildly from the natural to the supernatural via the pre-modern, mechanical, and digital ages. His characters may walk out of the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Franz Kafka, or Gaston Leroux, but they are distinctly his own. Mr. Hyde finally reveals his secrets to an ambitious journalist, unleashing unforeseen horrors. An ancient Egyptian mummy is revived in 1935 New York to consult on his Hollywood biopic. A Brooklynite suddenly dematerializes and passes through the Internet, in search of true love . . . Love Among the Particles will thrill Norman Lock’s devoted fans and dazzle new readers with its dizzying displays of literary pyrotechnics. It is nothing less than a compendium of the marvelous.”
Norman Lock has published novels, short fiction, and poetry as well as stage, radio, and screen plays. His honors include The Paris Review Aga Kahn Prize for Fiction and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Love Among the Particles includes three stories first published in New England Review: “Tango in Amsterdam” (24.4), “The Captain is Sleeping” (26.4), and “The Monster in Winter” (28.3). Lock’s new story, “A Theory of the Self,” will appear in NER 34.2 this summer.
Love Among the Particles is available at Powell’s and other booksellers.