Pumping up Napoleon
Pumping Up Napoleon is an assured collection of fifteen short stories with an offbeat take on human relationships, and the relationship of the rather unreliable human body to mind and spirit. ‘Offbeat’ includes dog massage, cloning your own four-foot son for organ transplants, and a university lecturer’s romance with a resurrected Napoleon Bonaparte.
Maria Donovan takes us on a bizarre, funny and often touching tour of death and laughter, love and space travel. Her light, humorous touch allows darker strands to surface repeatedly – dislocated, lonely lives, out of sync with their surroundings are set alongside human oddity and tenderness. These understated, well-crafted stories constantly surprise and engage, producing a fine, enjoyable and thought-provoking first collection.
Review from Fay Weldon
“These stories are remarkable, and engrossing: sometimes funny, sometimes sinister, always accomplished. Some will be classics.” Fay Weldon
Review from Carol Ann Duffy
“This compelling, at times laugh-out-loud, at times disturbing, tale [‘Pumping Up Napoleon’] seemed to me to have the seeds of something larger in it. The ending… is handled with poignancy and aplomb.”
Carol Ann Duffy