“It is a rare thing when a collection of short stories absolutely blows your mind, and Andreasen's collection packs a wallop. His uncanny world-building, using animals and strange mythologies to describe a world so much and slightly unlike our own, gives him the gift of nailing such deep concepts and providing such profound insights into the human character. How can we explain to aliens the difference between 'having relations' and 'having a relationship?' When an ideal exists that we all strive for, what will our lives be like if we actually achieve it? Magnificent, enchanting, and full of literary verve.”
Raul Chapa, BookPeople
An astonishing fiction debut from a UC Irvine MFA graduate and recent contributor to The New Yorker.
Bewitching and playful, with its feet only slightly tethered to the world we know, The Sea Beast Takes a Lover explores hope, love, and loss across a series of surreal landscapes and wild metamorphoses. Just because Jenny was born without a head doesn't mean she isn't still annoying to her older brother, and just because the Man of the Future's carefully planned extramarital affair ends in alien abduction and network fame doesn't mean he can't still pine for his absent wife. Romping through the fantastic with big-hearted ease, these stories cut to the core of what it means to navigate family, faith, and longing, whether in the form of a lovesick kraken slowly dragging a ship of sailors into the sea, a small town euthanizing its grandfathers in a time-honored ritual, or a third-grade field trip learning that time travel is even more wondrous--and more perilous--than they might imagine.
Andreasen's stories are simultaneously daring and deeply familiar, unfolding in wildly inventive worlds that convey our common yearning for connection and understanding. With a captivating new voice from an incredible author, The Sea Beast Takes a Lover uses the supernatural and extraordinary to expose us at our most human.
Audiobook Table of Contents:
Our Fathers at Sea, read by Peter Altschuler
Bodies in Space, read by PJ Ochlan
The Sea Beast Takes a Lover, read by Michael Crouch
The King’s Teacup at Rest, read by Mark Bramhall
He is the Rainstorm and the Sandstorm, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, read by Emily Rankin
Rockabye, Rocketboy, read by Robbie Daymond
The Saints in the Parlor, read by Arthur Morey
Andy, Lord of Ruin, read by Michael Andreasen
Jenny, read by Kirby Heyborne
Rite of Baptism, read by Mark Bramhall, Cassandra Campbell, Robbie Daymond, Kirby Heyborne, Arthur Morey, PJ Ochlan, and Emily Rankin
Blunderbuss, read by John H. Mayer