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My Date with the Neanderthal Woman, by David Galef

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My Date with the Neanderthal Woman, by David Galef

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Is it true that Neanderthal women have natural charm?

How do you cope with a spouse who’s a charismatic kleptomaniac?

Does it matter if the souvenir you bring home from Africa is another human being?

What can a wife do if all that remains of her husband is what he left in the bathroom that morning?

Never mind waking up one morning as a giant insect. What about metamorphosing into your mother?

David Galef’s My Date with Neanderthal Woman, the winner of Dzanc Books’ first Short Story Collection Competition, responds to these and other questions: thirty-three visions of lives that—let’s hope—are far from your own.


“. . . Galef presents 33 stories that often test the limits of macabre humor and explore relationships with near-flawless timing. Though familiar conflicts and character types recur—including outsiders braving the rural south and academics in search of meaningful pursuits—Galef enlivens them with original twists. . . . Galef’s talent thrives in the more realistic, domestic scenarios, many of which expose unsettling flaws in men and women that are both funny and sympathetic, but the wilder stories still entertain. Highly recommended for flash fiction enthusiasts.” —Publishers Weekly


David Galef has published over a dozen books, including the novels FleshTurning Japanese, and How to Cope with Suburban Stress; the short story collection Laugh Track; two children’s books, two translations of Japanese proverbs; a co-edited fiction anthology called 20 over 40; and the poetry collection Flaws. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York TimesNewsdayThe Village VoiceTwentieth Century LiteratureThe Columbia History of the British Novel, and many other places. His awards include a Fulbright fellowship, a Henfield Foundation grant, and a Writers Exchange award from Poets & Writers. He is a professor of English and the creative writing program director at Montclair State University.