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The Gnome Stories

Ander Monson
The Gnome Stories focuses on characters who are loners in the truest sense; who are in the process of recovering from mental, physical, or emotional trauma; and who find solace—or at least a sense of purpose—in peculiar jobs and pursuits.
A man whose wife has left him is robbed, so he decides to start doing his own breaking and entering, into his neighbors’ homes. When another man’s girlfriend is cryogenically frozen by her family after a car accident, he becomes a maintenance worker at the cryogenic facility, eavesdropping on visitors as they whisper secrets to their frozen loved ones. A woman serves as an assistant to the Starvationist, whose methods to help clients lose large amounts of weight are unorthodox, sadistic—and utterly failproof. Another woman and her robot assistant have been hired to tinker with the troubling memories inside a celebrity’s brain.
With The Gnome Stories, Ander Monson presents eleven unforgettable stories about oddly American situations: as surreal as an urban legend and at the same time perfectly mundane.

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An unsettling, wildly imaginative collection of stories

About the Author

Ander  Monson
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Ander Monson is the author of Letter to a Future Lover; Vanishing Point, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Neck Deep and Other Predicaments. He edits DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press. He lives in Tucson, where he teaches at the University of Arizona.
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Upcoming Events

Ander Monson appearing virtually at DIAGRAM event

Diagram in Nacodoches, TXview map
4:00 PM Arizona / 6:00 PM Central / 7:00 PM Eastern. In conversation with Susan Neville. This event is free and open to the public, and registration is required here.


  • “Monson parses the world and its constructs so finely, that anyone could be forgiven for feeling a little out of their depths. A little suspended disbelief may be required and certainly more than one reading, but if you wade deeply into these adventurous exercises the reward is often well worth it.”The Brooklyn Rail
  • “A strange, unnerving, and intelligent collection.”Publishers Weekly
  • “Cozy domestic lives are routinely unsettled, sometimes violently, in this dystopian set of stories by seasoned experimenter Monson. . . . Bemusing SF-tinged fare echoing the tone and spirit of Saunders and Vonnegut.”Kirkus Reviews
  • “Executed in Monson’s conversational, clean, and nearly quotation-free style, the collection will interest Monson’s existing fans and readers who enjoy exploring the flexible boundaries of short fiction.”Booklist
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