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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Dave Eggers and Kelly Link, an exhilarating collection of stories that explores the mysterious, often dangerous forces that shape our lives - from censorship and terrorism to technology and online dating.
Spanning centuries, continents, and a diverse set of characters, these alluringly strange stories are united by each character's struggle with fate. In a secret, subterranean world beneath the prairie of the Old West, a homesteader risks her life in search of a safe haven. A workman in Andrew Carnegie's steel mills is turned into a medical oddity by the brutal power of the furnaces - and is eventually revitalized by his condition. A young woman created through genetic manipulation is destroyed by the same force that gave her life.
With her distinctive blend of magical realism, science, and poetic prose, Anjali Sachdeva demonstrates a preternatural ability to laser in on our fears, our hopes, and our longings in order to point out intrinsic truths about society and humanity. "Killer of Kings" starts with John Milton writing Paradise Lost and questions the very nature of power - and the ability to see any hero as a tyrant with just a change in perspective. The title story presents a stirring imagining of the aftermath of the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram that leaves us pondering what is lost when we survive the unsurvivable.
Like many of us, the characters in this collection are in pursuit of the sublime, and find themselves looking not just to divinity but to science, nature, psychology, and industry, forgetting that their new, logical deities are no more trustworthy than the tempestuous gods of the olden days. Along the way, they walk the knife-edge between wonder and terror, salvation and destruction. All the Names They Used for God is an entrancing work of speculative fiction that heralds Anjali Sachdeva as an invigorating, incomparable new voice.
Audiobook Table of Contents:
"The World by Night", read by Cassandra Campbell
"Glass-Lung", read by Cassandra Campbell
"Logging Lake", read by Cassandra Campbell
"Killer of Kings", read by Cassandra Campbell
"All the Names for God", read by Zainab Jah
"Robert Greenman and the Mermaid", read by Cassandra Campbell
"Anything You Might Want", read by Cassandra Campbell
"Manus", read by Will Damron
"Pleiades", read by Jorjeana Marie and MacLeod Andrews
©2018 Anjali Sachdeva (P)2018 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"The nine stories in Sachdeva's intriguing debut collection raise challenging questions about human responses to short-circuited desires.... These inventive stories will challenge readers to rethink how people cope with thwarted hopes." (Publishers Weekly)
“Sometimes we read things that are okay. Sometimes we read things that we find important in some way - that we learn from, but that don't particularly get us all riled up. And sometimes we read something that just astounds and grabs.... The story seemed to me some kind of small masterpiece.” (Dave Eggers)
"So rich they read like dreams - or, more often, nightmares - the nine stories in Sachdeva's otherworldly debut center upon the unforgiving forces that determine the shape of our lives.... A strikingly unified collection, with each story reading like a poem, or a fable, staring into the unknowable.... They are enormous stories, not in length but in ambition, each an entirely new, unsparing world. Beautiful, draining - and entirely unforgettable." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
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