The Brain Harvest: Autobiographical Narratives and Other Fictions lies in wait, like a bandersnatch ready to eat the heads off small essays and community newsletters. This collection of 32 stories may not be the most dangerous book to sit a top your living room bookshelf, but it is certainly one that must be watched and never left alone, not for one moment.
“The stories in Ken Nash’s brilliant collection The Brain Harvest lay bare the sparks and idiosyncrasies of an exceptional mind… Nash’s playful and quick-witted style bears echoes of maverick American greatslike George Saunders and Donald Barthelme, and recalls the quirkiness of Miranda July. Taut, intelligent, eccentric, and wholly engaging, The Brain Harvest is a wonderful debut for a very talented new writer” (Clare Wigfall, author of The Loudest Sound and Nothing and winner ofthe 2008 BBC National Short Story Award)
“Story after story, Nash dishes upsurprises, delights. His style is flat, but elegant. Wry. Sentence after sentence feel just right, like a finish carpenter making cabinets. Nash has the ability to put the reader into a story with the first paragraph and keeps hold of youuntil the end… Read this book. It’s a jewel made with a lot of love and a deep intelligence.” (Joe Sherman, author of Fast Lane on a Dirt Road)
“The Brain Harvest is an eclectic, deceptively witty collection of short fiction that represents the crystallization of one of Prague’s most resourceful and imaginative English-language writers.” (Prague Post)
“The shortest fiction — and we can include Ken Nash’s stories in this —functions like a joke. It’s compressed to its absolute minimum form, impossible to gloss or explicate. It does things to you physically,pulls half-voiced inadvertent sounds from your body, little snorts. And when it ends, but refuses to close, it leaves you in a sort of breathless shock, waiting to see what will happen.” (Prague Art Review)