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Grace Krilanovich

Grace Krilanovich has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a finalist for the Starcherone Prize. Her first book, The Orange Eats Creeps, is the only novel to be excerpted twice in Black Clock.


"Like something you read on the underside of a freeway overpass in a fever dream. The Orange Eats Creeps is visionary, pervy, unhinged. It will mess you up."

– Shelley Jackson

"The exhilaration of such a novel is nearly beyond calculation. If a new literature is at hand then it might as well begin here."

– Steve Erickson

"Refreshingly piquant and playful, reminiscent of postmodern euro fiction and full of poison pill observations."

– Publishers Weekly

"Reads like the foster child of Charles Burns' Black Hole and William Burroughs' Soft Machine. A deeply strange and deeply successful debut."

– Brian Evenson

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The Orange Eats Creeps

"a rare sort of book"


Perplexing and mystifying, frenetic and endlessly engaging, The Orange Eats Creeps is a rare sort of book, the kind that's hard to compare. Many see the influence of Burroughs, which is fair, I think, because she takes that cut-up technique and pushes it as far as it can go, to awesome effect. It has that same kind of wild energy, that frenetic and ecstatic prose that completely swallows the reader and gets her/him lost within, but never caring.

The prose is such a pleasure, constantly surprising, constantly reinventing. It's a book that teaches you how to read it by pushing you in the deep end. To be honest, what happens, I'd be hard-pressed to tell you in clear detail. It certainly deserves a second read, maybe a third, but, I imagine, it's one of those great books that gets better with each read, rather than tired. First read is for the ride, and all subsequent reads are for understanding where you start, which direction you're heading, and how you get there.

My favorite book of 2010: A true original.

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  1. Richard Thomas said on 12/31/11 at 11:32 am Reply

    Yeah, a difficult read for sure. What helped me was to try to stop treating this like a standard narrative. Once I let go of that and allowed her voice, a perspective you can’t trust, one riddled with mental illness and drugs, it became less about following and more about immersion. I liked this book a lot too. At times it had me on the edge of epiphany and tears, several times, really. Great review, Eddy.


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