Fiction. Short Stories. THE LUCKY BODY is a series of stories centering on instances of rupture in social behavior. In the title story we see a group's resolve after brutally murdering a passerby. Later, in "Spring in Zurveyta," a journalist confronts her own mortality when she is granted an interview with a ruthless dictator, only to find she has become a target. "Moving Water" shows us the impacts of second husbands and a mother's struggle to support her children. In the penultimate story, "From Anna," two travelers retell a tale of an ancient civilization where the elders had to fight to the death for the salvation of their grandchildren. And finally, in "Ahead," a man about to commit suicide decides he'd like to live when he remembers the happiness that can be found in stories.
“Some writers make books; other writers make themselves, shedding books like skin. Kyle Coma-Thompson is of this latter persuasion, which means he doesn’t need, or want, my praise, my condolences, my $16.95, my heart. In smaller countries, in earlier times, he was Aleksey Remizov, Virgilio Piñera, Clarice Lispector, Danilo Kiš.” - Joshua Cohen, author of Four New Messages
“The stories in Kyle Coma-Thompson’s stellar debut collection are like starlight from a faraway constellation. They’re distant and violent and strange, but they shine a brilliant light on the dark half of our lives. THE LUCKY BODY is that rare first book that bears little resemblance to anything that’s come before it. I thank the stars it found me.” - Peter Geye, author of Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road
“Coma-Thompson knows as many ways to mess with the contingencies of the human body as Chuck Palahniuk, David Blaine or the Marquis de Sade, and does so consistently, horrifically, beautifully, throughout this remarkable debut.” - Roy Kesey, author of Any Deadly Thing
“Kyle Coma-Thompson belongs to a generation of young writers who are exploding the boundaries of the American short story, bringing in the terseness of Kafka, the dizzying intertextual flights of Borges, and the wild darkness of Danilo Kiš. His work would have been almost unrecognizable to us twenty years ago, and that’s why he deserves our attention today. Read The Lucky Body and taste the future.” - Jess Row, author of The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost