Thursday, April 1, 2010

Jen Michalski Reviews American Soma

The wonderful Jen Michalski, author Close Encounters (2007) and a forthcoming novella from Dzanc Books in 2013, reviews American Soma in this month's edition of Gently Read Literature.

An excerpt from the review:
“Soma” is ethnologically known as a ritual drink of impotence in Indo-Iranian culture, but its more popular reference may come from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, wherein it’s literally an opiate of the masses. Big shoes for Savannah Schroll Guz to fill here in her second collection of stories, American Soma, but she does her major influences, Huxley and George Orwell, proud. Which is why I don’t understand why American Soma is not huge, like in bookstores and on all major indie reading lists. It’s not that Guz’s stories are timely and foreboding, which of course they are, it’s that her writing is damn good."

Read Jen Michalski's whole review in the April issue of Gently Read.

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