What is it about these stories that I love so much?
Is it that Nicole Flattery inserts her characters into worlds that are just a little bit off?
Or are her worlds inhabited by characters that are not quite right?
Perhaps her characters and the worlds they inhabit are all perfectly mundane, and she is able to manipulate words like a sorcerer. Maybe it’s the way she wields ambiguity like a razor (which sounds like something that shouldn’t be allowed.)
However she does it, she deftly punches delight out of darkness, producing an absurd wonder that is my favorite kind of literary magic.