Creature, fall 2013 from Dorothy, a publishing project (cover art by Catherine Lemblé)

“To be among Amina Cain’s creatures is to stand in the presence of what is mysterious, expansive, and alive. Whether these distinctly female characters are falling in and out of uncanny intimacies, speaking from the hidden realms of the unconscious, seeking self-knowledge, or becoming visible in all their candor and strangeness, they move through a universe shaped by the gravitational pull of elusive yet resilient forces—the yin-dark energies of instinct and feeling that animate creative life. It’s here that the intuitive reach of fiction meets the reader’s own quest for understanding, through the subtle beauty of living the truth of one’s experiences in the most attentive and unadorned way possible.” — Pamela Lu

“Amina Cain is a beautiful writer. Like the girl in the rear view mirror in your backseat, quiet, looking out the window half smiling, then not, then glancing at you, curious to her. That is how her thoughts and words make me feel, like clouds hanging with jets, and knowing love is pure.” — Thurston Moore

“Let me describe where Creature rests in my body—deep within my thoracic spine, in the middle of my vertebrae alongside photo booth-sized images of unrequited knives. I am conscious of it as I watch my body read. Its language moves and settles. This process of watching—as opposed to thinking—may seem enigmatic. It is.” — Claire Donato, HTML Giant

“There’s not a sense of obsession with the self as much as there is a sense of the self unharbored, left living in a strangely ageless world somewhere between Emily Dickinson and David Lynch.” — Blake Butler, VICE

“As I read these stories, I found myself looking inside for the makings of a creature.” — Teow Lim Goh, Full Stop

“There are no stakes, no rising action, no arc. Just a wild kind of lostness that’s as alluring as it is unsettling.” — Jim Ruland, The Los Angeles Times

“Cain takes a lot of risks in her book by redefining plot and creating so many narrators who are unknowable and generally unfamiliar. But the risks pay off in sheer beauty, and in Creature, she has created a beautiful monster indeed.” Erin Lyndal Martin, The Collagist

Available now from Dorothy, a publishing project and Small Press Distribution.

 

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I Go To Some HollowLes Figues Press, 2009 (cover art by Ken Ehrlich and Susan Simpson)

Question: “If you had to think of a motion you’ve made more than any other in your whole life, what would it be?” Response: “I don’t want to be a motion.”

In her debut collection of fifteen short stories, Amina Cain makes ordinary worlds strange and spare and beautiful. A woman carves invisible images onto ice, a pair of black wings appears in front of a house, and a restless teacher sits in a gallery of miniature rooms.

I Go To Some Hollow floats and tilts, as balanced as a mobile; rather than narrative arcs we get laps, tides, and circuit, currents of clear observation and the occasional stunning insight.”  — Miranda Mellis, Rain Taxi Review of Books

“In this debut collection, the dominant mood is [a] sense of wonder, shot through with nervousness.  Amina Cain’s travelers view their surroundings with a curious emptiness, other times ecstasy, while adrift either abroad or in a distinctly American terrain: bodies of water, fields, or forests, the banality of a heated pool or the aisles of Home Depot.” — Kate Zambreno, The Believer

“There’s something calmly erotic about Cain’s writing, a treatment of sex as both a source of energy and a supremely unfascinating part of life.” — Jonathan Messinger, Time Out Chicago

“Don’t be surprised if you’re carrying this book around with you for a while.  It has a way of wanting to accompany your own daily rituals.  It has a way of expecting something from you.” — Jacquelyn Davis, Bookslut

“Cain’s debut demonstrates that when the clichéd expectations of traditional narrative are gently omitted, what’s left is a calming stillness, and startling language—a welcome relief from the ironic realism that characterizes so much young contemporary fiction.  We need more writing like this.” — A D Jameson, The Review of Contemporary Fiction

With an Introduction by Bhanu Kapil

Available now from Les Figues Press and Small Press Distribution.