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People with Holes [NOOK Book]

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Hailed as “magic realism at its finest,” Fowler’s writing reveals the small but essential truths that motivate sex and relationships. Whether in museums of solitude, in airports of dreams, or at the circus, these stories are bound together by transformation, anthropomorphism, and ultimately by love’s inevitable consequences. Fowler’s unique vision is thought-provoking, with a touch of feminist sensibility, and shot through with quirky and laugh-out-loud humor.
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People with Holes

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Overview

Hailed as “magic realism at its finest,” Fowler’s writing reveals the small but essential truths that motivate sex and relationships. Whether in museums of solitude, in airports of dreams, or at the circus, these stories are bound together by transformation, anthropomorphism, and ultimately by love’s inevitable consequences. Fowler’s unique vision is thought-provoking, with a touch of feminist sensibility, and shot through with quirky and laugh-out-loud humor.
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Janine Stinson
Fowler’s prose is by turns rowdy, affectionate, erotic, absurd, and glittering, with images both awesome and awful. Readers who admire any of the finest writers in the genre (Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Franz Kafka, Toni Morrison, and Salman Rushdie) should enjoy the flights of fancy within this book, and also be able to confront its darker journeys.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014683975
  • Publisher: Pink Narcissus Press
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 262
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Heather Fowler is the author of the story collections Suspended Heart (Aqueous Books, 2010) and This Time, While We’re Awake (Aqueous Books, forthcoming 2013). She received her M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University. Her work has been published online and in print in the US, England, Australia, and India, and appeared in such venues as PANK, Night Train, storyglossia, Surreal South, JMWW, Prick of the Spindle, Short Story America, and others, as well as having been nominated for both the story South Million Writers Award and Sundress Publications Best of the Net. Her poetry and fiction have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is Poetry Editor at Corium Magazine and a Fiction Editor for the international refereed journal, Journal of Post-Colonial Cultures & Societies.
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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    "People With Holes," is a potent collection of magic r

    "People With Holes," is a potent collection of magic realism that weaves the tragedy and deception in relationships, the holes of humanity and pulls all that subterfuge to the surface. Holes are actual holes on people that are visible, rooms become home to our scars, heads can be cut off of bodies and carried around, people shrink, turn into various animals, a museum of solitude holds all memories, a boyfriend's belly is a flat screen of ocean the narrator can swim into while another's penis is a white laboratory rat. It brings the metaphor to the tactile, the breathable, the living. Fowler's work is inimitable and exciting. I don't even want to call it magical realism so much as Heather Fowler tearing down those `load-bearing walls,' to find out `what's beneath the fabric' of each human she explores.

    "The closer you are to what you want, the more you are aware how not having it stabs your space. The space of ambiguities is worse still, amorphous, hovering between wanting and taking."

    This is a collection not to be missed. Each story is a talisman for a reproduction of a life. There is not one tale that doesn't ring true. These stories actually bring memories to the forefront that have been buried deep in the soil of the mind, marked `please forget or at least deny'. Fowler is a master at digging into those trenches and watering what others would much rather let dry out. She plants her seeds in them and out come damn forests!

    "I am so much water, so much steam. I am a dream diffused into a nightmare. Afterward, when he stands across the room from me, when he strides away, I can pinch his distance between my thumb and index finger. He is that small. I am that small for him too, at similar distances."

    Get a copy of "People With Holes," if you don't already have one. It's unforgettable and inimitable! Heather Fowler is a phenomenon!

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