A writer whose work is at once edgy and endearing and prize winning for a reason any reader can appreciate.
AcknowledgmentsYou Say TomatoThe Kill JarRamon Beats the Crap Out of George, a Man Half His SizeMandatory EvacuationsFlipping PropertyNadja Rides the BearFeather AnnTwo AssholesTwo-Step SnakeHow to Play ShitDomesticated Wild Things
Xhenet Aliu's fiction has appeared in such journals as Glimmer Train, Hobart, and the Barcelona Review.
"Xhenet Aliu's stories evoke with fierceness and a resilient compassion what it means to be disadvantaged and self-destructive, her characters negotiating the kind of homes in which your bed and your mother might be missing, or in which your husband might be raising venomous snakes in your bedroom closet. Her protagonists live at that intersection of the ethnically despised and the economically demolished, but they're not ready to quit, and they never stop believing that everyone, everywhere, is entitled to a little something special." - Jim Shepard, author of You Think That's Bad "There is a lot of the body in these stories: stink and rot and perfume and dead skin. Often out of control and goofy, Domesticated Wild Things is also extremely funny and mordant. The wild energy of Aliu's diction mocks and illuminates the English language." - Sherman Alexie, author of Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories