The eighteen stories of Manuel Gonzales’s exhilarating first book
render the fantastic commonplace and the ordinary extraordinary, in
prose that thrums with energy and shimmers with beauty. In “The Artist’s
Voice” we meet one of the world’s foremost composers, a man who speaks
through his ears. A hijacked plane circles a city for twenty years in
“Pilot, Copilot, Writer.” Sound can kill in “The Sounds of Early
Morning.” And, in the title story, a man is at war with the wife he
accidentally shrank. For these characters, the phenomenal isn’t
necessarily special—but it’s often dangerous.
In slightly fantastical settings, Gonzales illustrates very real
guilt over small and large marital missteps, the intense desire for the
reinvention of self, and the powerful urges we feel to defend and
provide for the people we love. With wit and insight, these stories
subvert our expectations and challenge us to look at our surroundings
with fresh eyes. Brilliantly conceived, strikingly original, and told
with the narrative instinct of a born storyteller, The Miniature Wife is an unforgettable debut.
About the Author
Manuel Gonzales is a graduate of the Columbia University graduate
creative writing program. He has published fiction and nonfiction in Open City, Fence, One Story, Esquire, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and The Believer. He lives in Austin, Texas, here he is Executive Director of Austin Bat Cave.
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