A Small Apocalypse

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Pub Date 15 Mar 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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In her debut short story collection, Laura Chow Reeve seizes the familiar Florida landscape of postcards and headlines—and pries open spaces for unlikely affection and sun-soaked eeriness. A pair of queer friends make themselves at home on the banks of the Suwannee River. A family tragedy unfolds at Disney World. A hurricane floods a theater during an apocalyptic movie marathon. A flamingo meets an untimely end at the Jacksonville Zoo. A relationship falters, only in part due to one partner transforming into a reptile. Characters weave in and out of this collection’s fourteen stories, finding moments of intimacy with ghosts and moments of alienation from loved ones.

A Small Apocalypse is a gorgeously wrought exploration of what it means to exist in the in-between. Heavily steeped in the swampy, feral heat of Florida, its stories plum the joys and dissonances of queerness, hybridity, Asian American identity, and cultural inheritance, with an eye for both the uncanny and the nakedly true.

In her debut short story collection, Laura Chow Reeve seizes the familiar Florida landscape of postcards and headlines—and pries open spaces for unlikely affection and sun-soaked eeriness. A pair of...


Advance Praise

A Small Apocalypse is queer Florida at its absolute finest. Laura Chow Reeve has written a group of stories that astonish, mesmerize, and amaze in equal measure. I enjoyed every moment. A smashing collection!” — Kristen Arnett, author of With Teeth

“The stories in A Small Apocalypse all feel wildly different—Laura Chow Reeve’s debut offers readers real range—but they are also united beautifully by their thematic territory, by the author’s distinctive way of seeing, and by the vividly conveyed and evocative Floridian setting. I love this collection.” — Clare Beams, author of The Illness Lesson

A Small Apocalypse is queer Florida at its absolute finest. Laura Chow Reeve has written a group of stories that astonish, mesmerize, and amaze in equal measure. I enjoyed every moment. A smashing...


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ISBN 9780810146945
PRICE US$24.00 (USD)
PAGES 184

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