A stunning debut from an award-winning poet. Populating a small town in the Pacific Northwest, the characters in Lucia Perillo’s story collection all resist giving the world what it expects of them - and are surprised when the world comes roaring back. An addict trapped in a country house becomes obsessed with vacuum cleaners and the people who sell them door-to-door. An abandoned woman seeks consolation in tales of armed robbery told by one of her fellow suburban housewives. An accidental mother struggles to answer her daughter’s badgering about her paternity. And in three stories readers meet Louisa, a woman with Down syndrome who serves as an accomplice to her younger sister’s sexual exploits and her aging mother’s fantasies of revenge. Together, Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain is a sharp-edged, witty testament to the ambivalence of emotions, the way they pull in directions that often cancel one another out or twist their subjects into knots. In lyrical prose, Perillo draws on her training as a naturalist and a poet to map the terrain of the comic and the tragic, asking how we mark the boundaries between these two zones. What’s funny, what’s heartbreaking, and who gets to decide? Lucia Perillo has published five books of poetry and a collection of essays. Her book Inseminating the Elephant won the Bobbitt Prize and was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain is her first work of fiction. She lives in Olympia, Washington. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005063de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Attach electrodes to the fingers of five six-month-old babies. Then create new neural networks and program the brains of these children to process data at an extremely fast rate. Neuraldine is the corporation conducting this experiment to aid those with learning disabilities, one of which is handicapped with Downs Syndrome, (Number One). Nobody knew because there was no way to know that Number One was a savant. An undetectable rarity with Downs Syndromes children. The Children, numbered one through five, absorbed the data being fed to them at an amazing rate. As the children grew older, they became data addicted. Soon the Neuraldine Corp. could not obtain and feed the data at a rate required by the children and they rebelled. This story is enriched with physics (String Theory), neural networks, nuclear destruction, electromagnetic pulse attacks, as well as a worldwide plague. Number One is in charge. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Paul J McSorley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/022616de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.