from Bread & Beauty
Neon & Flamingo is a seductive collection of stories from a bold and intrepid imagination. In “Little Lotus,” Devon sets out to avenge his brother’s suicide. A J.Lo impersonator from Las Vegas in “Let’s Get Loud” celebrates life and prepares for gender reassignment surgery. In “The Real Deal,” a schizophrenic teen takes a road trip with her parents to a mental-health facility in the desert where she’s agreed to "voluntarily" commit herself. Pickle Bonham goes out for drinks with friends in Atlantic City and wakes up in a wheat field in Kansas—a week late for her wedding. A yoga instructor in “Lucy” confronts her stalker—a man who comes from a long line of taxidermists and Klan members. In “Prince Charming Syndrome,” a celebrity super-fan camps out in the woods outside Tom Cruise’s Telluride ranch. On “42nd Street,” Bathilda Burns abducts her old high school sweetheart and has him tied up in the basement of her downtown office complex. As if throwing her readers on a mechanical bull at full speed, Anderson makes no apologies for telling readers to hold on tight while she straddles chaos theory to explore the darkest regions of the human psyche with spirited wit and humor, resulting in post-sex-cigarette satisfaction.