The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic
Christopher Merkner is a Shirley Jackson for the contemporary Midwest, where the ties of family and community intersect darkly with suburban American life. In these stories, an enraged village gaslights unsuspecting vacationers and a young man delays a impending confession, fondling the nostrils of his mother’s pet pig. Sharp and uneasy, for these inheritors of tradition, that which binds them most closely—offering stability and identity and comfort—are precisely the qualities that set them back, pull them down, burden, limit, and ruin them.
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Merkner, Christopher, "The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic" (2014). College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Books. 68.