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Tales from the Inner City
by Shaun Tan
Call Number: Fiction

Whatever Shaun Tan does, it’s a near guarantee it will be enchanting and provocative, and Tales from the Inner City, his newest book and a follow-up to 2009’s Tales from Outer Suburbia, is no exception. These absorbing short stories place animals and humans in relationships and settings that seem familiar yet alien, and they will push you to think differently about urban life and ecology. Frogs show up in corporate board rooms, the last living rhino gridlocks traffic after wandering onto a highway, and bears bring a lawsuit against humans for their unjust actions (and they have a pretty compelling case). As always, Tan’s illustrations are beautiful and thoughtful, and they bring the surreal themes of these stories to life. This collection, at turns uplifting and troubling, will stick with readers for a long time.

Chris Smith
January 18, 2019
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