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Trailer Girl: and Other Stories

by Terese Svoboda

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"Svoboda dazzles her readers with colors, calls, and gestures in scenes that we don't immediately understand. But each time, without fail, she is true to her poetic calling and wipes away the initial cloudiness of the story's slate, revealing disturbing truths whose images will insinuate themselves during our real lives — as we order a cappuccino at a coffee shop or step into our orderly, secure homes at night. Her creations will never rest quietly in our minds, but will remind us of the breadth of the world and the smallness of the piece that each of us samples from it."
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We see the ordinary anew through her cracked lens: It's always breaking up, shifting shape and surprising us.
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“You have to listen, carefully, to Terese Svoboda’s stories. You have to read them slowly, more than once, sounding the words this way and that, letting yourself interpret, not with logic alone, but using the tools of poetry–association, juxtaposition, metaphor. Even what’s left out can be significant. For these are not so much stories in the traditional sense as tangled situations, networks of convoluted yet precisely controlled language. And you don’t read through them, but into them, going deeper each time.”
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“Svoboda’s tales are so shiver-inducing they could almost be ghost stories.”
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"Powerful cutting-edge literary fiction."
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To my beloved sisters
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I talk like a lady who knows what she wants, and other things that I would mention but Ernie's charging over here with kids behind, screaming like they are chasing him and not vice versa and him whipping a cut aerial like a wild man.
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With fierce prose that cuts through the pretty and the prosaic, Trailer Girl and Other Stories offers full-strength narrative, as strong and precise as poetry. The title novella, the story of cycles of child abuse and the dream to escape them, is stark and disturbing.
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