Swallowing a Donkey's Eye

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ChiZine Publications, 2012 - Fiction - 337 pages
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Join Farm today! It's only six years of your life! Farm is the mega-conglomerate food supplier for City, populated with rabidly bureaucratic superiors, antagonistic and sexually deviant tour guides dressed in chicken and duck suits, and farm animals illegally engineered for silence. City is sprawling, technocratic, and rests hundreds of feet above the coastline on the creaking shoulders of a giant wooden pier. When the narrator's single mother, whom he left behind in City, falls out of contact, he fears the worst: his mother is homeless and subsequently to be deported under City to the Pier. On his desperate search to find his mother, he encounters ecoterrorists wearing plush animal suits, an election that hangs in the balance as the City's all-powerful Mayor is infatuated with magic refrigerators and outlaw campaigns, and a wise-cracking, over-sexed priest who may or may not have ESP, but who is most certainly his deadbeat dad. Whether rebelling against the regimented and ridiculous nature of Farm life, exploring the all-too-familiar and consumer-obsessed world of City, experiencing the all-too-real suffering of the homeless in Pier, or confronting the secrets of his own childhood, Swallowing a Donkey's Eye's narrator is a hilarious, neurotic, and rage-filled Quixote searching for his mother, his own dignity, and the meaning of humanity.

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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

There are occasional basic grammar mistakes but the plot is very strong. Read full review

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User Review  - Keith - Goodreads

Swallowing A Donkey's Eye is a brilliant dystopian satire along the same lines as the very best of Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders, but without mimicking the two masters distinctive voices. Tremblay ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Paul Tremblay is also the author of the novels THE LITTLE SLEEP, NO SLEEP TILL WONDERLAND, and the short story collection IN THE MEAN TIME. His essays and short fiction have appeared in THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, Five Chapters.com, and BEST AMERICAN FANTASY 3. He is the coeditor of four anthologies including CREATURES: THIRTY YEARS OF MONSTER STORIES (with John Langan). Paul is currently on the board of directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards. He fears many things, including the return of his banished uvula.

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