The Family Unit and Other Fantasies is a superb collection of darkly comic, largely fantastical stories set in our jittery, polarized, increasingly impersonal age. Whether it’s the tale of a corporation that buys a man’s family . . . two mysterious survivors of a super-storm who are given shelter by a gullible couple . . . an erotic adventure set during an urban terrorist alert . . . or a nightmare in which a man sees his neighbourhood being developed and disappearing at a truly alarming speed . . . these stories are by turn funny and frightening, uncanny and unnerving.
Laurence Klavan wrote the novels, The Cutting Room and The Shooting Script, which were published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the novel, Mrs. White, written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, City of Spies and Brain Camp, co-written with Susan Kim, were published by First Second Books at Macmillan and their Young Adult series, “Wasteland,” has just been published by HarperTeen. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics of Bed and Sofa, the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theater in London in 2011. His one-act, The Summer Sublet, is included Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.