The World Afloat
MiniaturesBook - 2014
In The World Afloat, a series of seventy-five "miniatures" that melds narrative with elements of prose poem and farce, master of the absurd and expert observer M.A.C. Farrant peers into the complexities of human experience - through the rear window.
Inside the linoleum-lined kitchens and lace-trimmed living rooms that drift throughthese stories, Farrant interrupts the daily routines - doctor's appointments, gardening, mealtimes - of her eccentric yet familiar characters with intensely surreal, laugh-out-loud moments. What happens when a whimsical spirit becomes captive to a middle-aged body? At the end of a Love Your Package workshop, what does the wrap-up dinner look like? Can a soggy tomato salad really end someone's marriage? Brimming with pathos and bathos in equal measure, Farrant's smart prose offers escape and renewal from the monotony of modern life, while at the same time poking fun at her readers' pathological devotion to the technology and interpersonal relationships that leave them feeling bored and empty. Sexuality and depravity, childhood and bad parenting, and love and divorce are all deftly handled in this hot flash of a book that goes straight to the heart of things. As each "miniature" reads stranger (and truer) than the one before, Farrant manages to coax her readers from theirwell-worn, earthbound narratives and into a world afloat on satire, absurdity, and, in her most brilliant moments, expansive joy.