The Girl & The Fox Pirate

The Girl & The Fox Pirate

by Kate Gehan
The Girl & The Fox Pirate

The Girl & The Fox Pirate

by Kate Gehan


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Kate Gehan's debut collection of thirty-four stories is a wry, tender, and inventive exploration of the ways we manage relationships with our siblings, spouses, children, and even ourselves. Qualities of magic realism permeate her writing as characters navigate problems in a world where tumultuous emotions may literally burst into flight. In "Now They Would Behave" a family's discord manifests as an escaped dragon they must tame. In "It Grew to a Certain Size," a mother blames herself for her daughter's death and finds solace conversing with her talking pet pig. In "New Wavelengths" a woman harnesses unexpected natural power to seek revenge on her harasser. Gehan also lasers her insight to critique narrow definitions of female beauty, ultimately inviting us to envision a more glorious society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631200090
Publisher: Mojave River Press
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 102
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kate Gehan was born and raised in New York City and is a graduate of Haverford College and Emerson College's MFA program. Among many publications, her writing has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Split Lip Magazine, Literary Mama, People Holding, and as a winner of Midwestern Gothic's Flash Fiction Summer 2016 series. Kate read as a cast member of the 2014 Listen to Your Mother show and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, The Best of the Net, and Wigleaf's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. She lives with her family in the Midwest.

Table of Contents

Now They Would Behave 11

Ruby Throated 14

Things to Do While Listening to Your Brother on the Phone 18

Maps 20

Radioactive 23

It Grew to a Certain Size 25

National Treasure 29

Plight Helmet 31

Nightshade 32

Baby Dreams 34

Yes vs. No 37

Fat Girl Lament 40

The Girl and the Fox Pirate 42

Sexpot Mermaid 45

Young Blood 48

Our Grief is a Receipt of Our Love 51

Cheerleader 53

Give Me Your Hand and I Will Pull You Up 56

Wedding Season 59

I See the Way Your Eyes Follow Me at Target 61

Underwater 62

The Motherhood Gig 65

The Wolves Within 70

A Tender Place 72

Predator Swamping 75

Old Growth Forests 78


Foot Licking Bandit 83

Pineapple Pattern Cut-Out Swimsuit, Girl's Size 7 85

Narcissus and the Beaver 87

Tests of Agility 89

New Wavelengths 92

Hey Honey, You Can Play My Flute Anytime 94

The Luster of Minerals 97

Acknowledgements 100

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