Funeral Platter Selected Stories Greg Ames
From the author of Buffalo Lockjaw comes a mordantly humorous collection of taut, off-the-wall, and heartbreaking short stories. A young girl aspiring to be a ventriloquist using a burnt log as a dummy; Franz Kafka and Sartre cruising a seedy bar, trying to pick up chicks; a lighthearted retired couple stages and executes their own funeral; a son lovingly prepares and brings corn chowder to his parents, whom he keeps in a cage in his backyard. This collection—peppered with moments of violence and tenderness—touches on political satire, social disillusionment, and the joy and perversity of human love.

In the tradition of Etgar Keret, Greg Ames’ prose style ties together the absurd hilarity and deep anguish of the situations his characters find themselves in. These wildly inventive stories will appeal to readers who thirst for a unique, deeply humane voice.
TitleFuneral Platter
SubtitleSelected Stories
AuthorGreg Ames
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintArcade Publishing
Published3 October 2017
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
Praise for Funeral Platter

"If you think you’re ready for Ames’s life-changing brand of unhinged literary brilliance, first make sure that you’re someplace where it’s socially acceptable to lose your shit."— J. Robert Lennon, author of Familiar and Broken River "The stories in Greg Ames' Funeral Platter are dispatches from another planet, a planet that resembles ours, populated by people who look like us, but who are weirder, more unhinged, more dangerous than we are, or at least weirder, more unhinged, more dangerous than we like to think we are. A glorious book—hilarious, unnerving, one of a kind."—Brock Clarke, author of The Happiest People in the World
Praise for Greg Ames

“I’m excited about this novel for a few reasons. One, Ames opens with a great quote from Flannery O’Connor’s under-appreciated novel Wise Blood: 'Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it.' Two, it’s set in Buffalo, New York, which is full of frustrated artists, frustrated young people, and thousands of psychiatric patients who were given one-way bus tickets when they were released from New York City mental hospitals in the early eighties (Buffalo was the last stop). Three, the premise of a son trying to decide whether to help his Alzheimer’s-stricken mother commit suicide is provocative and memorable.” —The New Yorker

"The voice of this novel invites you right in, and Ames knows how to build up the world with a light hand while still getting to the complicated and painful ways we muddle through. Funny and fresh and generous." —Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

"Buffalo Lockjaw, like its charming, bitter screw-up of a narrator, reaches finally for larger meaning, and succeeds. Greg Ames has written a brazen and tender book about a city and a scene, a mother and a son, and the beauty and pain of several kinds of love." —Sam Lipsyte, author of Home Land

"In Buffalo Lockjaw, Greg Ames manages to evoke place and expose the complexities of character in a single swift phrase. It is a funny-sad, heartbreaking, hypnotically readable debut." —Adrienne Miller, author of The Coast of Akron

"Greg Ames has written a beautiful novel. It is infused with dark comedy and pathos and great, hardboiled prose. In Buffalo Lockjaw, love of one's parents and love of one's hometown mix powerfully with the mad undertow of loss that seems as inevitable in life as gravity. I'm honored to share a last name -- no relation -- with such a wonderful writer." —Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!

"Greg Ames, one of the funniest writers I’ve ever read, faces dead-on the most terrifying event in a person's life. Buffalo Lockjaw is frightening, heart-rending, and beautiful. I pay it my highest compliment: I didn’t want it to end." —Poe Ballantine, author of Things I Like About America

"Buffalo, N.Y., is as much a character as any of the slackers populating Ames's darkly humorous debut about a young man with a copy of Assisted Suicide for Dummies in his car and a 56-year-old mother with Alzheimer's who he believes wants to die. Ames's depiction of James's bedside concern for his mother straddles the line between caustically comic and wrenchingly emotional, while the wry riffs on family tension and the sad state of Buffalo that appear throughout this fine first novel don't undercut the serious consideration of murder or mercy for terminal patients.” —Publishers Weekly
ISBNs: 9781510725812 978-1-5107-2581-2 Title: funeral platter category:FIC 
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