Teetering between the ridiculous and the sublime, The Wilds blends Southern gothic strangeness with dystopian absurdities, sci-fi speculations, and fairy-tale transformations.
At an obscure South Carolina nursing home, a lost world reemerges as a disabled elderly woman undergoes newfangled brain-restoration procedures and begins to explore her environment with the assistance of strap-on robot legs. At a deluxe medical spa on a nameless Caribbean island, a middle-aged woman hopes to revitalize her fading youth with grotesque rejuvenating therapies that combine cutting-edge medical technologies with holistic approaches and the pseudo-religious dogma of Zen-infused self-help. And in a rinky-dink mill town, an adolescent girl is unexpectedly inspired by the ravings and miraculous levitation of her fundamentalist friend’s weird grandmother. These are only a few of the scenarios readers encounter in Julia Elliott’s debut collection The Wilds. In her genre-bending stories, Elliott blends Southern gothic strangeness with dystopian absurdities, sci-fi speculations with fairy-tale transformations. Teetering between the ridiculous and the sublime, Elliott’s language-driven fiction uses outlandish tropes to capture poignant moments in her humble characters’ lives. Without abandoning the tenets of classic storytelling, Elliott revels in lush lyricism, dark humor, and experimental play.
|Publisher:||Tin House Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Elliott’s fiction has appeared in Tin House, the Georgia
Review, Conjunctions, Fence,
and other publications. She has won a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and her stories have been anthologized in Pushcart
Prize: Best of the Small Presses, Best American Fantasy, and Best American Short Stories. Her debut story collection, The
Wilds, was chosen by Kirkus, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Electric Literature as one of the Best
Books of 2014 and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’
Choice. She is currently working on a novel about hamadryas baboons, a species she has studied as an amateur primatologist. She teaches English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where she lives with her daughter and husband. She and her spouse, John Dennis, are founding members of the music collective Grey Egg.
Table of Contents
The Whipping (first published in the Georgia Review and Best American Fantasy 2007)
LIMBs (first published in Tin House)
Feral (first published in Conjunctions)
Jaws (first published in the Mississippi Review)
The Wilds (first published in Tin House and in Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and Sublime from Tin House)
Regeneration at Mukti (first published in Conjunctions and The Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses)
Freak Magnet (first published in Conjunctions)
The Love Machine
Rapture (first published in the Georgia Review)
Organisms (first published in Conjunctions)
The End of the World (first published in Conjunctions)