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An elderly shut-in delivers a series of pet-sitting instructions to a young couple who’ve come to watch over his many, many cats. A story (or series of stories) about the ways that methodical, abstract systems interface with messy, personal obsessions, Fancy is a kissing cousin to the work of both the late Henry James and the early Thomas Bernhard: an object lesson in how our need to make sense of the world winds up devouring it whole.
As senior editor at Dalkey Archive Press, Jeremy M. Davies acquired authors such as Edourard Leve, Lascano Tegui and Gerald Murnane. His fiction has appeared in The Collagist, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. His first novel, Rose Alley, was published in 2009.