Edited by Rob Spillman
Tin House Books, $18.95, 262 pages

Enter the world of Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House and you will embark on a journey that will take you from the sublime to the utterly bizarre.  Each tale, crafted by one of eighteen neoteric women, plunges the reader into a sea of surrealism from which the reader emerges, at times slightly dazed.  Questions emerge:  why were the soldiers throwing children on the barbeque? (The Entire Predicament), how did the main character in Beast turn into a deer at night?  Toothpaste and knick-knacks multiplying – really? (Americca)  Okay, but why?  Quirky? Without a doubt.  Frustrating? At times. But, the reader is left to dissect each story in search of the truth and for that this book truly is fantastic.

Michelle Lockhart