Bearded Women Stories

Bearded Women Stories

by Teresa Milbrodt

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ISBN-13: 9781926851464
Publisher: ChiZine Publications
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Teresa Milbrodt received her MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University, and her MA in American Culture Studies from the same institution. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, and several have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, where she lives with her husband, Tristan, and her cat, Aspen. When she’s not conjuring gorgons and cyclopses at her laptop, she enjoys cooking, sewing, and questing for the perfect cup of coffee.

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Bearded Women Stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Katya_Sozaeva More than 1 year ago
Come one, come all and see the macabre, the strange and the beautiful world of those the world deems freaks! From conjoined twins to bearded woman to people with extra body parts ranging from a whole extra torso and set of legs, to some extra ears, to a cyclops, a giantess, a Medusa - even a Butterfly Woman! You will thrill to the sensuous legs on Bianca's Body - you will chill at the woman who spontaneously combusts when she becomes angry - you will fill with the woman who finds herself by joining eating competitions - you will wince with the pain of the girl with ichthyosis - you will gaze in awe at the holes in a woman's hands! Step right up, step right up - the show is about to begin . I really did enjoy these stories - it showed the human side of those the world would label freaks; it showed the sorts of things they did to survive and thrive in a world that sometimes thinks they should have been killed at birth. One thing that troubled me - but I think it was because the author wanted to make a point - was that so many of the stories didn't provide a name for the "freak" - just called them things like "the cyclops" or "the three-legged man." It dehumanized them. Then again, they tend to be dehumanized by the world, and, as I mentioned, I think that was a point that Ms. Milbrodt was trying to make. I highly recommend this amazing anthology.
SDPogue on LibraryThing 4 months ago
I'm not even sure how to categorize this book. It's beautiful and touching with just a touch of sarcasm and wit. This collection of short stories has to be the best I have ever read.The description from NetGalley is this: Welcome to the contemporary Freak Show. A woman trying to have a child has a parasitic twin, an extra lower torso, and set of legs named Bianca¿should she have "Bianca's Body" removed to improve her chances at conception? A bearded lady considers coming out of the closet about her hirsute nature, while carrying on a battle of wills with an overeating patron in "Mr. Chicken." A woman with four ears gets a chance to make extra money as the mascot of a tattoo parlour, and encounters a middle-aged, cookie-baking stalker who believes she is a sign that the end of the world is nigh. Meet the "freaks"¿they're mothers, wives, and lovers: all of them trying negotiate a world that is quicker to stare than sympathize.I figured it was up my alley. What I didn't expect was something so visceral and emotional. This is not a freak show but an expose of what it's like to live as someone who is different. The first story Bianca's Body was more than a tale about a woman with a parasitic twin. This nameless woman struggles with jealousy over that part of her body that seems to be more receptive to her husband, the pain of not being able to maintain a pregnancy and the identity of who she really is. It's the perfect introduction to Teresa Milbrodt's world.The writing is a little odd which only adds to the work. Many of the characters are unnamed and the stories a brief snapshot of their lives. Some left me wondering and others felt complete. This is one I am glad to review and such a gem that will sadly be overlooked by those who would appreciate it most.
Katyas on LibraryThing 4 months ago
Come one, come all and see the macabre, the strange and the beautiful world of those the world deems freaks! From conjoined twins to bearded woman to people with extra body parts ranging from a whole extra torso and set of legs, to some extra ears, to a cyclops, a giantess, a Medusa ¿ even a Butterfly Woman! You will thrill to the sensuous legs on Bianca¿s Body ¿ you will chill at the woman who spontaneously combusts when she becomes angry ¿ you will fill with the woman who finds herself by joining eating competitions ¿ you will wince with the pain of the girl with ichthyosis ¿ you will gaze in awe at the holes in a woman¿s hands! Step right up, step right up ¿ the show is about to begin ¿I really did enjoy these stories ¿ it showed the human side of those the world would label freaks; it showed the sorts of things they did to survive and thrive in a world that sometimes thinks they should have been killed at birth. One thing that troubled me ¿ but I think it was because the author wanted to make a point ¿ was that so many of the stories didn¿t provide a name for the ¿freak¿ - just called them things like ¿the cyclops¿ or ¿the three-legged man.¿ It dehumanized them. Then again, they tend to be dehumanized by the world, and, as I mentioned, I think that was a point that Ms. Milbrodt was trying to make. I highly recommend this amazing anthology.