Hair Side, Flesh Side

Hair Side, Flesh Side

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by Helen Marshall
     
 

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A child receives the body of Saint Lucia of Syracuse for her seventh birthday. A rebelling angel rewrites the Book of Judgement to protect the woman he loves. A young woman discovers the lost manuscript of Jane Austen written on the inside of her skin. A 747 populated by a dying pantheon makes the extraordinary journey to the beginning of the universe. Lyrical and

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A child receives the body of Saint Lucia of Syracuse for her seventh birthday. A rebelling angel rewrites the Book of Judgement to protect the woman he loves. A young woman discovers the lost manuscript of Jane Austen written on the inside of her skin. A 747 populated by a dying pantheon makes the extraordinary journey to the beginning of the universe. Lyrical and tender, quirky and cutting, Helen Marshall’s exceptional debut collection weaves the fantastic and the horrific alongside the touchingly human in fifteen modern parables about history, memory, and cost of creating art.

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Publishers Weekly
Aurora-nominated poet Marshall (Skeleton Leaves) switches to prose with this collection of 15 short stories. The selections explore themes of love and possession, as well as a preoccupation with the past perhaps inspired by Marshall’s academic life as a Ph.D. student in medieval literature. The supernatural remains present throughout, whether in the form of angels ("The Book of Judgment"), ghosts ("Dead White Men"), or metamorphosis ("Holding Pattern"). Some of the tales’ allusions, while clearly important to the author, may be too subtle for casual readers, as when "This Feeling of Flying" hints that some of the characters are Greek gods and "The Book of Judgment" relies on prior knowledge of Jane Austen. Though the collection as a whole is uneven, at times frustratingly ambiguous, and at others wickedly satisfying, it wisely groups the individual stories in increasing order of quality, leaving the best for last. Horror fans should enjoy Marshall’s darkly obsessive tone, and aficionados of canonical literature will appreciate her references, but genre newcomers may feel overwhelmed. (Nov.)
Library Journal
For her seventh birthday, Chloe receives the body of a saint to be her companion in "Blessed." A graduate student seeks out the graves of literary giants as places for her to meet her lover in "Dead White Men," while the Angel of Death falls in love with Jane Austen in "The Book of Judgment." A tour de force of imagination, this remarkable debut collection uses the conventions of dark fantasy and horror as the framework for some of speculative fiction's most unusual stories. VERDICT Fans of experimental fiction and exceptional writing should find a wealth of enjoyment here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781927469255
Publisher:
ChiZine
Publication date:
11/15/2012
Sold by:
Trajectory
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
536,389
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
15 Years

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