Photo by Elizabeth Hall

Photo by Elizabeth Hall

CREATURE:

“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

 

I GO TO SOME HOLLOW:

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