Booklist Review

The Girl Who Loved Animals and Other Stories.
McAllister, Bruce (Author)
Oct 2007. 306 p. Golden Gryphon, hardcover, $24.95. (9781930846494).

In stories spanning his more-than-30-year career, McAllister creates characters and places with haunting presence. "Dream Baby" speaks the strange experiences of a nurse at the heart of the Vietnam War who discovers she has prescient knowledge of those who are coming only to die, and a few other tales, such as "Little Boy Blue," relate the ESP-like experiences of soldiers. "The Girl Who Loved Animals," set in a world in which environmental degradation has wrought terrible destruction of other species, envisions the lengths to which people go to save a fraction of what's left; similar to it is "The Ark." McAllister's notes are almost as fascinating as the stories themselves, and the glimpse he affords into his research is thought provoking. As represented by this collection, McAllister's work is distinguished by a stunning array of ideas and a depth of characterization that is impressive in such short pieces.

Regina Schroeder, Booklist, October 1, 2007


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