. . .Vee just wants to know where to set the gift down, but, wandering her sister’s backyard—a sprawling urban farm whose layout of garden beds seems designed to frustrate—she finds no pile of presents.
None at all.
She sees only loose scrambles of small children, from diaper-age to first grade, skittering through the yard. Screaming or squealing, she can’t be sure. . .
At a sprawling urban farm in the hills above Berkeley, a woman's attempt to give a birthday present to her four-year-old nephew erupts into an epic quest, increasingly nightmarish and violent, to survive our deepest cultural chasms. A wickedly funny satire of parenting and privilege, sex and politics, set in the shadow of civil unrest.
Advance praise for Family, Genus, Species
"Kevin Allardice harnesses his great powers of description and ingenious sense of narrative for this viciously funny satire, FAMILY, GENUS, SPECIES. Laurence Sterne would have been proud to call Mr. Allardice a descendent."
- Michael Kimball author of Big Ray, Us and Dear Everybody
"With poignant wit, Kevin Allardice draws us into this backyard fairytale and social satire. Vee is a memorable protagonist, quirky and brave and tender. Fast-paced and suspenseful, FAMILY, GENUS, SPECIES is compelling and utterly original."
- Vanessa Hua author of Deceit and Other Possibilities
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Kevin Allardice is the author of the novel Any Resemblance to Actual Persons (Counterpoint, 2014). He was born in Oakland, California, and was a Henry Hoyns fellow in fiction at the University of Virginia, where he received his MFA in 2010. His short stories, winner of the of the Donald Barthelme Prize and twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, have appeared in The Santa Monica Review, The Florida Review, Gulf Coast, The North American Review, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Berkeley, California. Read more at kevinallardice.com
Family, Genus, Species
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