|About the Book|
I’m an inherently slow reader, so I finished this book in two sittings—you can probably finish it in one. I suppose the seven pieces in this collection might be considered prose poems: They are surreal and dreamlike in their imagery, lyrical in their execution. Honey—be it dripping from the moon or the vagina of a giantess—features prominently in the book, as do donkey masks and donkey heads. From what I gather, there are intertextual references in these stories to Jordan Krall’s book Beyond the Valley of the Apocalypse Donkeys, which I haven’t read yet, but you don’t need to get those references to enjoy Bouthiette’s prose. Looking Pretty in Piano City is a strong debut from a talented writer.