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Allison Wyss uses surreal humor, vulnerability and sincerity to explore the wonder and absurdity of having a body.

-Kathleen Rooney, review in Minneapolis Star Tribune

With these fierce, slyly funny, and wondrous stories, Allison Wyss offers us a rich meditation on what it means to be in a body with its endlessly renewing cells and its strange, strange mystery. Splendid Anatomies is our world but deliciously tilted, and it contains a veritable menagerie of bodies--human, spider, bird, fish, even ghost. Each of these mesmerizing stories possesses its own splendid anatomy, reminding us with beautiful urgency that storytelling is how we feel our own existence.

-Maud Casey, author of City of Incurable Women

Allison Wyss's characters and their preoccupations are both distinct and distinctive; the collection as a whole vibrates with compassion and respect for these glorious weirdos, in all their splendidly grotesque forms. Reading Splendid Anatomies is like confronting a funhouse mirror through rose-colored lenses, all manner of warped and awkward angles rendered with with wit and love.

-Erin Kate Ryan, author of Quantum Girl Theory

In Splendid Anatomies, Allison Wyss examines the inherent strangeness of embodiment in all its forms, the different ways our physicality shapes who we are, and what we understand about ourselves and the world. The collection moves beyond genre to deliver tales that are by turns hilarious, disturbing, and poignant. A truly fascinating read.

-Emily Mitchell, author of The Last Summer of the World

What a completely unpredictable debut. The further I delved into this collection, the more excited I became, each new story an adventure to embark on, treasures to be uncovered at every turn. Wyss has an innate ability to ensnare us with her innovation, then keep us rapt with her complex, bizarre, and often heartbreaking characters. This book is hopefully just the first of many for this exciting new voice.

-Michael Czyzniejewski, author of I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life Breakup Stories

In Splendid Anatomies, among the clear-eyed, sympathetic portrayals of electricians, motel housekeepers, bartenders, failed priests, and tattoo artists going about their lives, one finds sex-starved witches, inter-dimensional travel, talking spiders, a multiverse dripping with yogurt, vampiric earthworms, and ghost particles that actually come from ghosts. This book contains multitudes.

-Tony Earley, author of Jim the Boy and The Blue Star


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