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Fiction. WHISTLER'S MOTHER'S SON collects over 100 prose pieces of varying length and styles—from minimalism to satire to noir to children's tale to abstraction to surrealism. Featuring parodies, standardized tests, nursery-rhyme anxieties, fables, riddles, collaborations, conundrums, rescued cliches, abominations-in-training, dark Americana, existential misdemeanors, misbegotten mysteries, identity crises, optimistic nihilism, formal experimentation, and polyrhythmic prose, its cast of characters includes Hamlet, Gertrude Stein, Amelia Earhart, Fred Flintstone, Mr. Mondrian, a little girl whose mother takes up with a smelly old man, embattled aunties and uncles, a man with two mustaches, several hard-boiled dicks, and an eternally confused Peter Cherches.
Called "one of the innovators of the short short story" by Publishers Weekly, Peter Cherches is a writer, singer and lyricist. Over the past 40 years his writing, both fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in dozens of magazines, anthologies and websites. His first recording as a jazz vocalist, Mercerized! Songs of Johnny Mercer, was released in 2016. He is the author of WHISTLER'S MOTHER'S SON AND OTHER CURIOSITIES (Pelekinesis, 2020), AUTOBIOGRAPHY WITHOUT WORDS (Pelekinesis, 2017), and LIFT YOUR RIGHT ARM (Pelekinesis, 2013). Cherches is a native of Brooklyn, New York.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA