Marilyn Krysl’s stories are distinguished by a sardonic knowledge of the world as it is, and a haunting awareness of the world as it could be.
In glittering prose, Krysl explores divisions between lovers, friends, and countrymen and finds new ways to reestablish those broken connections. Sometimes dreamlike and archetypal, other times topical and ironic, the stories in How to Accommodate Men mourn the fragmentation of our modern world and celebrate the compassionate gestures that offer hope.
“Confidently shifting between satire and lyricism, Krysl’s potent, unflinching stories chart how conflict can become catharsis—and, happily, there’s nothing accommodating about them.” —The New York Times Book Review
“These tales are unusually rich, neither laying simple blame nor presenting mere slices of life. Each story suggested elaborate connections—between the private and the public, the personal and the cultural, the domestic and the global. Each has other stories embedded within it.” —Bloomsbury Review
“Written in language both tough and poetic . . . these stories give voice to the voiceless and by the strength of their political conventions try to even the scales.” —Publishers Weekly