Synopses & Reviews
Amusing, touching, and unsettling, The Melancholy of Anatomy
is that most wonderful of fictions, one that makes us see the world in an entirely new light.
Here is the body turned inside out, its members set free, its humors released upon the world. Hearts bigger than planets devour light and warp the space around them; the city of London has a menstrual flow that gushes through its underground pipes; gobs of phlegm cement friendships and sexual relationships; and a floating fetus larger than a human becomes the new town pastor. In this debut story collection, Shelley Jackson rewrites our private passages, and translates the dumb show of the body into prose as gorgeous as it is unhygienic.
"Jackson...probes at the relationship between the emotional and the physical in these fantastic, sometimes stomach-turning stories." Booklist
"She erases the boundaries between body and self, secretion and shedding, love and loathing, enveloping the reader in a slippery, icky, fascinating world." Village Voice Literary Supplement
"Witty, multilayered, and beautifully written : a startling and memorable collection." Ali Smith, author of Hotel World
"These tales prance and pirouette along the edge of the surreal. Sometimes they dive directly in, to bring back a sense of elegance, rightness, and great wisdom." Samuel R. Delany, author of Dhalgren
"Shelley Jackson is a gifted writer....[O]ne of the most poised and original talents of her generation." Robert Coover, author of Pricksongs & Descants
In the fantastical spirit of Donald Barthelme and Aimee Bender, Shelley Jackson's debut story collection creates delirious worlds populated by overgrown pieces and products of the human body.
About the Author
Shelley Jackson's The Patchwork Girl is perhaps the best-known work in the genre of Electronic Literature. Jackson studied with Robert Coover at Brown University and now lives in New York City.