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Book review

‘Amor and Psycho’ by Carolyn Cooke

In the intermittently surrealistic stories of “Amor and Psycho,” the line between human and animal turns out to be permeable, and metaphors threaten constantly to be made flesh.

The restless psychiatrist in “The Snake” sheds relationships and homes “like a snake sliding out of its old skin,” but keeps a pet snake named Herpatia as a symbol of commitment to her current lover’s son. “She Bites” tells the tale of a man named Froyd who constructs “a postmodern doghouse” while his wife turns into a disobedient dog.

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