My life & other fictions: a collection of short stories (and why they were written)
Spineless Wonders 2017
Shortlisted, Mascara Avant-garde Award for Fiction, 2018
‘Bold’, ‘ambitious’ and ‘original’.
These stories cast a spotlight on the borderlands of black and white, desire and fate, life and death. With an accompanying essay that illuminates the genesis and themes of the stories, as well as providing an alternative and allegorical interpretation within the Judaeo-Christian and Buddhist-Yogic frameworks. These are stories for this life … and the next.
PRAISE FOR My Life & Other Fictions:
A layered, richly textured collection that displays a virtuosic sense of character and voice. Giacometti leverages language and the short story form brilliantly to offer a deeply rendered evocation of humanity and its connection to the world.
Michael Giacometti’s stories experiment at the boundaries of identity and history. His curiosities and subversions are spiritual and richly lyrical.
Bringing together 20 very different stories, My Life & Other Fictions is a bold debut from Michael Giacometti and a unique exercise in experimentation with form and voice.
Michael Giacometti is skilled in the short form – with much to excite, to heighten our senses, before a swift close.
The [accompanying] essay expand[s] on his stories’ origins and influences … [and] of his characters’ motivations and their struggles … bestows a generous guide for the reader. To read is to learn and this is a gift.
Newtown Review of Books
My Life & Other Fictions is a penetrating and original book. Awash with intricate and beautiful sentences, bold and alluring voices, and a range of intriguing characters and settings, it’s a collection to savour. Its 20 stories sound the depths of human experience—and yield more treasure with each reading.
… abounds in evocative images … language that transports [the reader] in all of the stories; that takes us closer to the time and place and tongue of another. That enables the act of inhabitation, opening doors into other realms and imaginings.
Alice Springs News
Review by Elizabeth Flux for Books+Publishing.
Review by Jessica Stewart for Newtown Review of Books.
Q&A by Marjorie Lewis-Jones for ABiggerBrighterWorld blog.
Review by Dani Powell for Alice Springs News.