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The Fiction Shelf: 'Karate Chop' by Dorthe Nors and 'Praying Drunk' by Kyle Minor
The Fiction Shelf: 'Karate Chop' by Dorthe Nors and 'Praying Drunk' by Kyle Minor

In the story collection "Karate Chop," Dorthe Nors illuminates an ominous world of disconnected people trying to make sense of their dislocation. Among these micro-transmissions of self-preservation is the standout, "The Wadden Sea," in which a young girl takes off to a remote seaside town with her depressed mother. When the young narrator's grandmother comes to rescue them both, the young girl says, "I could tell she knew fear of life, and I could tell she knew it was a kind of fear that took in the whole of people's lives and could make them forsaken wherever in the world." Nors' affectless, matter-of-fact storytelling — crisply translated from the original Danish by Martin Aitken — is...

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