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Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime From Tin House (11 Edition)by Rob Spillman
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"The term 'fantastic' describes stories in which things that couldn't or wouldn't occur in the normal world, do. While the stories in this collection, all originally published in the literary journal Tin House, meet that criterion, many of them feel more twee than fantastic or simply weird for weird's sake. Here, the often unnamed female protagonists experience unexplained, unexplainable events that leave them uncomfortable but oddly less miserable than you'd expect. The circumstances vary — turning into a deer is not the same as being strung up in complicated ways by nameless barbecuing perpetrators is not the same as finding yourself in a very large stewpot — yet the stories end up feeling curiously similar. It's not bad writing; it's strategic, an apparent desire to tap into fable, where characters are archetypes, anything can happen, and nothing is questioned, but with the exception of Lydia Millet's 'Snow White, Rose Red,' it feels flat. In contrast, the stories that work, Karen Russell's 'The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach,' Julia Elliott's 'The Wilds,' Gina Ochsner's 'Song of the Selkie,' and Stacey Richter's 'The Doll Awakens' create compellingly weird and weirdly compelling narratives by forcing believable, specific characters to grapple with the unexplainable. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Fantastic Women comprises eighteen stories by some of the most exciting contemporary women writers in the United States. The daughters of Franz Kafka and Mary Shelley, the Brothers Grimm, and Angela Carter, these inventive, insightful authors steep their narratives in a heady potion of surrealism and macabre black comedy. The result is wildly creative work that captures the potent truth about human nature far more clearly than much of the fiction (or, for that matter, the nonfiction) being written today.
Why just women? More and more women writers are creating work that not only pushes the envelope but also folds realistic fiction into an origami dragon, transporting readers into worlds weve never seen before and digging deeper into the psychic bedrock than their male counterparts.
So slip into a pocket universe, drive through a familys home, awake in the night to find youve become a deer, and dive into the ocean to join your mermaid mother. We cant imagine ever wanting to escape this spellbinding world, but if you must, best leave a trail of crumbs along your way.
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