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Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House (2011)

by Rob Spillman (Editor)

Other authors: Aimee Bender (Contributor), Kate Bernheimer (Contributor), Judy Budnitz (Contributor), Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (Contributor), Lucy Corin (Contributor)14 more, Lydia Davis (Contributor), Rikki Ducornet (Contributor), Julia Elliott (Contributor), Samantha Hunt (Contributor), Miranda July (Contributor), Kelly Link (Contributor), Lydia Millet (Contributor), Alissa Nutting (Contributor), Gina Ochsner (Contributor), Stacey Richter (Contributor), Karen Russell (Contributor), Julia Slavin (Contributor), Joy Williams (Introduction), Gina Zucker (Contributor)

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Meet the daughters of Franz Kafka, Mary Shelley, the Brothers Grimm, and Angela Carter. Fantastic Women assembles the work of eighteen inventive, insightful women authors who steep their narratives in a heady potion of surrealism and macabre black comedy. The results are wildly creative stories that capture the truth about human nature far more than much of the fiction (or, for that matter, the nonfiction) being written today.Why just women? More and more women writers are creating work that not only pushes the envelope but also folds realistic fiction into an origami dragon, transporting readers into worlds we've never seen before and digging deeper into the psychic bedrock than their male counterparts.So slip into a pocket universe, drive through a family's home, awake in the night to find you've become a deer, and dive into the ocean to join your mermaid mother. We can't imagine ever wanting to escape this spellbinding world, but if you must, best leave a trail of crumbs along your way.… (more)
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I borrowed this from the public library on an inter-library loan. It's not the best way to read this kind of collection. It's best taken in small doses, one story at a sitting. Otherwise they lose their edge, and they are edgy stories.

A collection of stories is like a music album. You aren't going to like each selection equally. If there are two or three you really like, a couple of ones you don't care for and the rest are good or OK, the collection is worthwhile. Of the 18 stories, I really liked five, another six were good, two were alright, three I didn't care for, and two I totally skipped. So I consider it a successful collection.

If it were my book, I would lay it aside and give some of the stories I didn't care for a second chance, but it's due tomorrow so back it goes. Maybe I'll buy a copy.

And I would like to read something else by some of these authors. ( )
  seeword | Mar 30, 2014 |
This is where literary meets genre, and the impact is sometimes mystifying, sometimes breath-taking, and always beautifully written. These stories demand an active reader, it's tough for me to read more than one a night, and some of them have given me vivid dreams. Highly recommended, but don't expect to read this easily. These stories require your attention in ways standard genre does not. I guarantee this book is not for everyone. ( )
1 vote Philotera | Dec 3, 2011 |
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Spillman, RobEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bender, AimeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bernheimer, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Budnitz, JudyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bynum, Sarah Shun-lienContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corin, LucyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, LydiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ducornet, RikkiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Elliott, JuliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hunt, SamanthaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
July, MirandaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Link, KellyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Millet, LydiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nutting, AlissaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ochsner, GinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Richter, StaceyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russell, KarenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Slavin, JuliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, JoyIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Meet the daughters of Franz Kafka, Mary Shelley, the Brothers Grimm, and Angela Carter. Fantastic Women assembles the work of eighteen inventive, insightful women authors who steep their narratives in a heady potion of surrealism and macabre black comedy. The results are wildly creative stories that capture the truth about human nature far more than much of the fiction (or, for that matter, the nonfiction) being written today.Why just women? More and more women writers are creating work that not only pushes the envelope but also folds realistic fiction into an origami dragon, transporting readers into worlds we've never seen before and digging deeper into the psychic bedrock than their male counterparts.So slip into a pocket universe, drive through a family's home, awake in the night to find you've become a deer, and dive into the ocean to join your mermaid mother. We can't imagine ever wanting to escape this spellbinding world, but if you must, best leave a trail of crumbs along your way.

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