By Jennifer Colville
Unsettling and perceptive, those brief tales problem American girlhood in all its delusions, conflicting messages, and treacherous terrain. broad- and wise-eyed, mysterious ladies depart their realities in the back of for unusual and a little unreal locations on the edges of the rustic. then again they hover over their Midwestern houses in inside worlds in their personal production. The tales in Elegies for Uncanny women stand at a boundary the place either the women’ our bodies and their stories are both their very own or laid declare to through the tradition and characters that encompass them. a tender girl whose physique constantly shrinks and expands strikes to l. a. to make a film approximately tragic merpeople; bewildered and looking counsel, a brand new mother moves up a talk with a girl with removable arms; and spurred on by way of a brand new best friend who may simply be a figment of her mind's eye, a woman comes to a decision she will decide on her personal friends.
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