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Am I in the Right Place Reviews

Am I in the Right Place by Ben Pester

Am I In The Right Place

Ben Pester

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Imprint: Boiler House Press
Publisher: UEA Publishing Project
Publication date: 6 May 2021
ISBN: 9781911343806

From the extraordinary mind of debut writer Ben Pester comes a book of stories in which the everyday – work, parents, friends – is not quite what it should be.

  • The ObserverBook of the Day
4 stars out of 5
10 May 2021

"There’s a melancholy seam of emotion about family life here, as well as a keen eye for the absurdities of workplace culture"

There’s a melancholy seam of emotion about family life here, as well as a keen eye for the absurdities of workplace culture. Pester’s frame of reference only heightens the surreality: when a man-eating black hole opens up in someone’s house, we’re told it stretches out its victims “like it was making pasta or something”. I’d guess he’s a fan of the bleakly comic bizarro-world scenarios of the American writers Ben Marcus and Donald Antrim. Like them, he sometimes takes the risk of dizzying us so much that we lose sight of the stakes involved amid the blizzard of weirdness, but on this evidence he’s got more than enough savvy to stay the right side of zany.

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