The nine stories collected here are hilarious, wrenching, pessimistic, buoyant, low-down, high-strung, and impeccably written, and freely bend the conventions of short fiction. Peopled with eccentric characters who routinely reject that bland conformity of modern life, ALIENS OF AFFECTION is provoking — and often very funny — now-classic literary fiction from one of America’s most inventive writers. “In all of the stories there is the good humor and humane intelligence that make Powell’s work so appealing” (A. O. Scott, The New York Times).

Padgett Powell has taught at the University of Florida MFA program for 25 years. For his seven books, which have been translated into ten languages, he has won the Whiting Foundation Award, the Pushcart Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and the American Academy Prix de Rome; his novel EDISTO was a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing has has appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Esquire, and The New Yorker.