I’m not going to be doing a full write-up of Daniel Nayeri’s Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow, but I wanted to drop in to make the recommendation. I first read Nayeri’s work with his sister Dina, in Another Faust, which is, as you’d guess, a modern retelling of the German legend. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but was bored to tears by the rough sequel, Another Pan. I mentioned my hesitance in a previous round-up about going into this solo venture, since the first novella of the collection, “Toy Farm” (the “Straw House” offering) didn’t interest me. However, “Wish Police” (the “Brick House” offering), is one of the best short stories I’ve ever read, and I sincerely hope Nayeri gets the opportunity to expound on the world he’s invented and the ideas he’s planted there. The book flap offers this synopsis:
“Brick House” is a hard-boiled detective drama about the wish police in modern New York City. To prevent murder, the special forces of the Imaginary Crimes Unit must unravel and apprehend the secret deadly impulses held by a resentful boy against his parents.
Come on, doesn’t that sound fun? And I promise you, it’s exactly as fun as it sounds. While I didn’t exactly hate any of the other novellas, this alone made me so psyched I picked this book up in the first place.