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Better Living Through Plastic Explosives 

Zsuzsi Gartner (Hamish Hamilton)

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Zsuzsi Gartner’s Better Living Through Plastic Explosives is a collection of clever, tongue-in-cheek short stories, with some falling into the category of bizarrely realistic science fiction. How else would you define a story about a realtor trying to sell houses in an area where mountains randomly swallow up homes? Or another about angels inhabiting the bodies of teenagers and succumbing to the sensations of life in the suburbs? Or a support group for ex-terrorists? Set in British Columbia, this thoughtfully funny collection will make you look around and think about what is really going on in society and where it’s headed. With situations that hit close to home in a surreal way, Gartner’s Plastic Explosives is a book that you’ll definitely want to pick up again, even if only to try and catch any blink-and-you’ll-miss-it story-to-story references

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