In these two tales of obsessive love, Elizabeth Geoghegan, author of The Marco Chronicles, creates vivid portraits of strong women blinded by a weakness for a certain kind of guy—heartless, but impossible to resist. Whether her heroines are caught up in the chaos of Bangkok or lured into the deep woods of the Pacific Northwest, they struggle to find their way in a world where disaster is a natural consequence of the urgency of desire. In these dark, lyric stories, women meet life and their own instincts head on.
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About the Author
Elizabeth Geoghegan is the author of Natural Disasters: Stories and The Marco Chronicles: To Rome Without Love, a Kindlebestseller, winner of the Travelers' Tales Solas Gold Prize for Memoir, and selected for The Best Travel Writing, Volume 10. Most recently, her essay about her friend and mentor, "Smoking with Lucia Berlin," was among The Paris Review's "Best of 2015." Geoghegan earned her MFA in Fiction from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and her MA in Creative Writing from The University of Colorado at Boulder. She lives in Rome.
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Natural Disasters based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
These stories pick up where The Marco Chronicles left off. The Geoghegan’s fiction places you in the dark terrain of love and obsession via vivid landscapes and details. The narration is really powerful in “The Violet Hour” story -- very funny but razor sharp. I liked how it shaped both Violet’s view of the world and my view of her as she traveled from Boulder to Bangkok. The plot twists unexpectedly. Great cliff hanger! The more lyric story “Tree Boy” reads like a spell or incantation in a way. It captures the sensation of falling in love and that plunge into obsession. Both stories are darkly comic and edgy. I highly recommend.
Geoghegan has once again delivered a book that is both dark and witty. The women in these narratives come to life in an even more evoking way than did the protagonist of Geoghegan's first book. Extremely well-written, these two stories will surely leave you wanting more.
Geoghegan's fiction picks you up with toy machine claws. It drags you over from wherever you are, and it plops you--all alone--into steaming Thailand. Or into lush Washington. In stories past, into a not-often-seen Italy. In narratives of boy romance agony, Geoghegan's heroines navigate the passionate channels of sacrifice, travel, and inspiration. Heroines, lady heroes, faithfully on the move. No truths or dark horrors spared here! Geoghegan's writing, at its core, is uninhibited. It goes there. It plops you. She'll weave you into laughter. After finishing "The Violet Hour" and "Tree Boy" in Natural Disasters, I felt like I'd done something. Gone somewhere. Take the ride. Five stars!