Homesick - stories by Nino Cipri
Shirley Jackson Award finalist
World Fantasy Award finalist
Dark, irreverent, and truly innovative, the nine speculative stories in Homesick meditate on the theme of home and our estrangement from it, and what happens when the familiar suddenly shifts into the uncanny. In stories that foreground queer relationships and transgender or nonbinary characters, Cipri delivers the origin story for a superhero team comprised of murdered girls; a housecleaner discovering an impossible ocean in her least-favorite clients’ house; a man haunted by keys that appear suddenly in his throat; and a team of scientists and activists discovering the remains of a long-extinct species of intelligent weasels.
In the spirit of Laura van den Berg, Emily Geminder, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, and other winners of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize, Nino Cipri’s debut collection announces the arrival of a brilliant and wonderfully unpredictable writer with a gift for turning the short story on its ear.
PRAISE FOR HOMESICK
“These stories vary from formal experiments to deeply felt character meditations, from a three-page piece of flash fiction to a well-developed novella, and from heartbreak to horror to humor. Over all they excel in a kind of subtle startling, like meeting unexpected ripples in a mirror. ... Its last and most accomplished story, “Before We Disperse Like Star Stuff,” ... is absolutely wonderful in every respect.” —New York Times Book Review
“These stories are so deliciously queer and dark and playful; Cipri is a treasure.” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties
“Nine speculative stories capture the most universal parts of humanity through an organic and refreshing take on the paranormal, all while letting queer, neurodiverse, transgender, and nonbinary characters take the lead...Some stories may have more paranormal elements than others, some may be sweeter or creepier, but they'll all haunt readers long after the book is closed.A beautiful, sometimes haunting, always inviting and inclusive collection about life, love, and the paranormal.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The queer stories in Homesick are as mystifying as they are provocative, and will appeal to fans of literary fiction and speculative genre fiction alike ... Since it's a collection of stories, Homesick offers many stopping points. Like unraveling the mysteries of prehistoric intelligent weasels, however, stopping proves to be quite impossible.” —Shelf Awareness
“One of the best collections I’ve read this year ... I was so taken by the variety of voices and style, coupled with the ease with which Cipri welcomes us into their imagined worlds.” —Locus Magazine
“Emerging writer and self-described weirdo mixes monsters, zombies, Super Little Dead Girls and poltergeists with screenplay, lists and good old-fashioned storytelling. The result: an excellent and entertaining collection. ... Also, shoutout to Cipri’s snappy dialogue and devotion to offbeat rhetorical questions — ‘Do you think zombies can go through revolving doors?’.” —Broken Pencil Magazine
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nino Cipri is a queer and trans/nonbinary writer, editor, and educator. They are a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop and a MFA candidate at the University of Kansas. Nino’s fiction and essays have been published by dozens of different venues, and their debut story collection HOMESICK was published by Dzanc Books in 2019. Nino has also written plays, screenplays, and radio features; performed as a dancer, actor, and puppeteer; and worked as a stagehand, bookseller, bike mechanic, and labor organizer.
Publication Date: October 2019