Evoking Exercises In Style by Raymond Queneau, where the same story is retold 99 times, Alexander Laurence has taken storytelling as the subject of his book. Five Fingers Make A Fist juxtaposes extreme realism, science, poetry and theater in 28 stories told through various points of view, from a baby narrator in "My Birth" to an old lady waiting to die in "The Ballad of Nariyama." Many of the stories take place in San Francisco in the 1990s, yet they are truly universal. Inspired by pop culture, music, and TV, these stories are too entertaining for any literature to get in the way. The characters become so twisted by their own self invention that they start to believe their own made up stories about themselves and the world.
"The author is an inspired storyteller. It is a delightful new voice in the world of fiction." -William T. Vollman. "A singularly moving, entertaining, and funny book. A sterling work of brutal youth and brash vulgarity. Alexander Laurence completes me." Robert Lanham, The Hipster Handbook.