Alternative Medicine by Laura Solomon
A couple are torn apart by a renegade duvet, an upstaged Santa takes revenge on his rival, a girl’s father is abducted by aliens, a man is relentlessly bullied by his sister on their annual holiday, a manufactured genius turns out to be not so perfect after all...
Alternative Medicine offers an entertaining and insightful journey into the shortcomings of being human, and the wonder of our graces. Light-hearted yet potent, Solomon’s absurd scenarios reveal the even more ridiculous habits and behaviours which are hidden beneath our everyday lives. Through masterful central metaphors, sharp wit, and a beautiful simplicity, the writing delights in these warm – yet often darkly comic – gems of short fiction.
“Witty, clear-edged, both lemon-sharp and seductive, Laura Solomon is a writer to watch.”
– Maggie Gee, chair of the Royal Society of Literature.
“Solomon writes with an acute awareness of the ´otherness´ of things and a sympathetic attitude towards people´s fragility. A pleasurable read and somewhat edgy, Alternative Medicine shows an active, quietly clever language with relentless clarity and subtle, delightful humour in her own particular style.”
- Raewyn Alexander, Editor, Magazine
Fiction – Short Stories
Release date: 2nd June 2008