Hungry for life. In whatever form or transformation we find or devise.
So this collection scouts format possibilities: tall story; real-time account; folklore’s animal tale; flash fiction. In “Another,” the opening fable, a stranger in Egypt pairs to the horseman of death. A mad ride across the desert, then another and… Because these character-driven stories focus fast, relentless search for those salvaged moments which convince us, against all evidence to the contrary, that we are completely alive. Egger’s protagonists evade death and death-in-life.
With mortality a constant lurking antagonist, the writer rescues characters and readers from dead-end tradition. Prose follows suit as he murders cliché and unravels stock imagery, re-viewing and reviving what standard lit passes for experience. This is another Eggers book: eye fresh; mind wide open.