TOC: ‘How the World Became Quiet’ by Rachel Swirsky


Subterranean Press has posted the table of contents for the upcoming collection How the World Became Quiet by Rachel Swirsky.

Here’s the book description:

After a powerful sorceress is murdered, she’s summoned over the centuries to witness devastating changes to the land where she was born. A woman who lives by scavenging corpses in the Japanese suicide forest is haunted by her dead lover. A man searches for the memory that will overwrite his childhood abuse. Helios is left at the altar. The world is made quiet by a series of apocalypses.

From the riveting emotion and politics of “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” (Nebula winner) to the melancholy family saga of “Eros, Philia, Agape” (Hugo and Theodore Sturgeon finalist), Rachel Swirsky’s critically acclaimed stories have quickly made her one of the field’s rising stars. Her work is, by turns, clever and engaging, unflinching and quietly devastating—often in the space of the same story.

How the World Became Quiet: Myths of the Past, Present, and Future collects the body of Swirsky’s short fiction to date for the first time. While these stories envision pasts, presents, and futures that never existed, they offer revealing examinations of humanity that readers will find undeniably true

Dust jacket illustration is by Shaun Tan.

Here’s the table of contents…

  1. “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window”
  2. “Monstrous Embrace”
  3. “The Adventues of Captain Blackheart Wentworth: A Nautical Tale”
  4. “Heartstrung”
  5. “Marrying the Sun”
  6. “A Monkey Will Never Be Rid of Its Black Hands”
  7. “The Sea of Trees”
  8. “Fields of Gold”
  9. “Eros, Philia, Agape”
  10. “The Monster’s Million Faces”
  11. “Again and Again and Again”
  12. “Diving After the Moon”
  13. “Scenes from a Dystopia”
  14. “The Taste of Promises”
  15. “With Singleness of Heart”
  16. “Dispersed by the Sun, Melting in the Wind”
  17. “How the World Became Quiet: A Post-Human Creation Myth”
  18. “Speech Strata”

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean; Signed, Limited Edition edition (September 30, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1596065508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596065505

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