The Sleepers Almanac X
Sleepers Publishing, $24.95 pb, 270 pp, 9780994287939
In more than ten years on the scene, Sleepers has positioned itself as both champion of the small press sector – the natural home of the short story – and a canny player in the broader publishing landscape; its Almanac has been a reliable litmus test for the direction of new Australian writing.
In this instalment, several absurdist and satirical works are stacked into the collection's middle section, including the oddball 'Space Monkeys Drink Tang' by Eric Yoshiaki Dando, and Julie Koh's surreal first-person meditation on society's (and the narrator's mother's) relentless attacks on women's bodies in 'The Fat Girl in History'. It is a risky move – their particular brand of humour won't appeal to everyone.