"Insightful...consistently profound..."— Kirkus ReviewsThe Chest That Launched a Thousand Slips offers up a thrilling assortment of strong characters and prickly situations imagined to their extremes, thought-provoking and sometimes quirky short fiction that explores the motivations, insecurities, terrors, and delights of the plastic people—both the patients who get nipped and tucked and the docto...
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Plastic People Press (May 30, 2018)
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
Amazon Rank: 5001919
Format: PDF ePub Text djvu ebook
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The most unique collection of short stories I have read in many years and certainly the most memorable. Meronk crafted the stories from his life experiences working as a plastic surgeon in California and exposes the emotional and social side of docto...
it happen.While the medical details are for the most part accurate, these are not tales about the ins and outs of plastic surgery per se but rather the human condition.The stories range from surprising to shocking, hilarious to terrifying, orderly to twisted, proper to profane. Look beneath the typical clichéd personas and experience a super-charged fictional world of beauty surgeons and their clientele as they struggle with self-image, relationships, body image, deeper meaning, and, of course, aging and mortality.The ten stories feature a head-backwards person, an MIA body snatcher, a patient on a crashing plane, a medical entrepreneur out to remake the very definition of beauty, a frustrated cosmetic surgeon's wife, an out-of-control robotic eye surgeon, the human soul, and two teeth. The title story is a modern-day retelling of a Greek myth of two powerful and stubborn men battling over the fate of one alluring but conflicted woman.If you enjoy serious but accessible contemporary short fiction with a healthy dose of satire and/or humor (think T. C. Boyle, Dave Eggers, Kurt Vonnegut, Deb Olin Unferth, Haruki Murakami), consider giving these stories a try.