Captives opens with a husband pointing his gun at his wife. There’s a woman who hears ‘the hiss of Beelzebub behind people’s voices’, a photographer who captures the desire to suicide, a man locked in a toilet who may never get out, a couple who grow young, and a prisoner who learns to swallow like a python. There’s a touch of Annie Proulx in these stories, the way a lonely death can creep up on you and the way our sexuality will not be denied, though we may try to cover it up. You will enjoy Angela’s subtle writing and curious mind. Some stories feature flights into the magical, reminiscent of Roald Dahl, with the space and perception of Raymond Carver. Every story inspires us to re-think the extraordinary possibilities of life in an ordinary world.
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