In the sense that all stories have been written before, a truly startling piece of fiction may be the greatest literary feat possible. Enter Stacey Richter, a virtuoso contender for that very prize, whose offbeat characters manage to toe the line between eccentricity and banal daily life. Each story is organized around a pair of characters, and these characters are permitted to reach their full bizarre potential against mundane backdrops. The result is fiction that drives toward a place of surreal revelations, in these sometimes disturbing, often funny, short pieces. In Twin Study, Richter beautifully captures — albeit through unlikely exemplars — the essential experience of humanity.
Often scathing, sometimes disturbing, and just as frequently funny, Richter’s stories wend off into the surreal and oddly revelatory. Called “one of the more outlandishly imaginative minds in contemporary fiction,” by TIME, Richter weaves her quirky characters into unexpected twists and turns leaving the reader somewhere between dreamscape and reality—and always wanting more.