Dark and brilliant tales capturing the strangeness of human (and almost-human) life. In this, his first collection of stories since his celebrated, award-winning Last Days of the Dog-Men, Brad Watson takes us even deeper into the riotous, appalling, and mournful oddity of human beings. In prose so perfectly pitched as to suggest some celestial harmony, he writes about every kind of domestic discord: unruly or distant children, alienated spouses, domestic abuse, loneliness, death, divorce. In his masterful title novella, a freshly married teenaged couple are visited by an unusual pair of inmates from a nearby insane asylum?Çöand find out exactly how mismatched they really are. With exquisite tenderness, Watson relates the brutality of both nature and human nature. There?ÇÖs no question about it. Brad Watson writes so well?Çöwith such an all-seeing, six-dimensional view of human hopes, inadequacies, and rare grace?Çöthat he must be an extraterrestrial. .