The term magic realism doesn’t fit Christopher D. DiCicco neatly. This debut author from Hypertrophic Press does much more than paint evocative, surreal imagery in So My Mother, She Lives in the Clouds. He makes us feel too.
DiCicco’s characters grapple with difficult subjects throughout this collection, while they interact with the magic around them. While the surreal images lighten the load on the reader, they still convey the heaviness and pain that coincide with loss, love, and everyday life. In the title story, DiCicco tells the tale of a father and son coping after the woman in their lives has left them. While the story unfolds, so does the invisible dragon in the sky, blending in with the clouds. In “The Worst Thing About Hell is That You Have to Climb Down to It,” DiCicco employs poetic techniques, using the extra space of the white page to illustrate the descent to hell found at the bottom of a character’s basement staircase.
In addition to DiCicco’s imagery and punchy prose, he also can tell a damn good story. This book comes highly recommended to fans of Amy Hempel, Angela Carter, and me–if that counts for anything.
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Author Website: www.cddicicco.com
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