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Verging on the Pertinent
This 1989 collection of stories is spare in style but rich in imagination. Emshwiller tries to minimize character, plot, dialogue, and many other conventionalities of storytelling; there's something Kafka-esque in her largely first-person tales of a woman deserting her husband to live in a cave with a bear ("Yukon"), a goddess creating the perfect man to worship her ("If Not Forever, When?"), or human females finding themselves making do in an alien cult...