Wearing Dad's Head

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About The Book

“I can never remember my dreams, so Mr. Yourgrau’s stories are a pretty good substitute.” —David Byrne

Barry Yourgrau’s imagination makes critics reach: Fellini? Kafka? Freud in a funny hat? Yourgrau is a fantasist like no other. His stories run brief and hallucinatorily vivid in style, heart-jarring and intimate in emotion. As Susan Cheever puts it: “Odd, true, and thoroughly hilarious.”

Here is Barry Yourgrau’s celebrated second book, which focuses his transfiguring surreal imagination on our most personal institution: family. Wearing Dad’s Head constructs an oedipal uproar of genres and realities, preserving the wild poetry and pathos of childhood, young and old. Dream awake in the Yourgrau domestic universe, where father and son go on safari in the suburbs, mother has fun being struck by lightning, a cow gets dolled up in lingerie, and a family ghost whines on and on about a tweed coat. Where parents die but just won’t go away. No other writer today can twist reality with such glee and tender-hearted poignancy. Wearing Dad’s Head—a classic of its own genre—will undoubtedly enchant and stupefy readers.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Arcade (September 2016)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628727043

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Raves and Reviews

“Startling Rabelaisian grotesqueries and the primal imagery of Grimm’s fairy tales.” —Elle

“One could only wish that most of our better known playwrights were writing at the level of Yourgrau’s fiction.” —Los Angeles Times

“There’s some Charles Addams in Yourgrau’s work, some Maurice Sendak—and surprisingly, tender lyricism.” —San Francisco Examiner

“Startling Rabelaisian grotesqueries and the primal imagery of Grimm’s fairy tales.” —Elle

“One could only wish that most of our better known playwrights were writing at the level of Yourgrau’s fiction.” —Los Angeles Times

“There’s some Charles Addams in Yourgrau’s work, some Maurice Sendak—and surprisingly, tender lyricism.” —San Francisco Examiner

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