Elsa’s family grows more unkind by the week. Her boss, a seven-foot-tall rage demon, has control of everything but his anger. And her cat wants to eat her. Things could be better.
In a world where one’s Animal Affinity is a sign of maturity and worth, Elsa’s inability to demonstrate hers is becoming more than a disappointing nuisance; it’s becoming a danger. She has no confidence she’ll ever conquer her Plainness by “blossoming.” She also fears both the wolf packs that prowl her neighborhood and being stuck in a life plummeting rapidly from lackluster to perilous. Fortunately, she has a cousin and a co-worker who know her better than she knows herself and can see through to what society won’t.
FINIS. is the magic realism of our time, a story of finding one’s way to the end of things, of persevering through the dregs of life to discover something more.
*** This new 3rd edition of the book, released in 2018 from Odeon Press, includes new bonus content, including a preview of the next story in the series set in Elsa's world! ***
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR FINIS.:
"It's not often I get that viscerally emotional on behalf of a fictional character. In a setting of overt fantasy, Angélique Jamail has created some of the most real people I've encountered via text in a long time." -- Ari Marmell (author of Hot Lead, Cold Iron)
“A silver vein of irony runs through Angélique Jamail’s fantastic Finis. It is a witty tale of conformity, prejudice, and transformation, in a world that is disturbing as much for its familiarity as for its strangeness. In a place where everyone is different, Elsa is the wrong kind of different, and that means facing pity, discrimination, danger, and sharp teeth. Dive into this story, readers, and confront them for yourself; it may just change the way you feel about things…” -- Marie Marshall (author of The Everywhen Angels)
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About the Author
Angélique Jamail’s poetry and essays have appeared in over two dozen anthologies and journals, including TIME-SLICE, IMPROBABLE WORLDS, and THE MILK OF FEMALE KINDNESS -- AN ANTHOLOGY OF HONEST MOTHERHOOD. Her work was selected as a Finalist for the New Letters Prize in Poetry in 2011. FINIS. is her first major published work of fiction. She teaches Creative Writing and English to high school students in Texas. Find her online at www.SapphosTorque.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
Table of Contents
Book Group Discussion Guide
“Tell Me” Essay
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