Elegies For Uncanny Girls by Jennifer ColvilleElegies For Uncanny Girls by Jennifer Colville

Elegies For Uncanny Girls

byJennifer Colville

Paperback | February 20, 2017

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Unsettling and perceptive, these short stories challenge American girlhood in all its delusions, conflicting messages, and treacherous terrain. Wide- and wise-eyed, mysterious girls leave their realities behind for strange and slightly unreal places at the edges of the country. Alternatively they hover over their Midwestern homes in interior worlds of their own creation. The stories in Elegies for Uncanny Girls stand at a boundary where both the girls' bodies and their tales are either their own or laid claim to by the culture and characters that surround them. A young woman whose body continually shrinks and expands moves to Los Angeles to make a movie about tragic merpeople; bewildered and seeking guidance, a new mom strikes up a conversation with a woman with detachable hands; and spurred on by a new ally who might just be a figment of her imagination, a girl decides she can choose her own friends.

Jennifer Colville is the founding editor of PromptPress, a journal for visual art. She holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. She lives in Iowa City with her husband and two children.
Title:Elegies For Uncanny GirlsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:February 20, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253024293

ISBN - 13:9780253024299

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Table of Contents


Other Mothers
When Maggie Thinks of Matt
Jill, or The Big Little Lady

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Editorial Reviews

"Elegies for Uncanny Girls is a smart exploration of boundaries between place and body, with a particular emphasis on gender identity and female sexuality. Colville's beautiful work with imagery serves to advance the stories and the characters are engaging and compassionately written. Her subtlety of approach brings a welcome and exciting variation to the genre." -Bethany Schultz Hurst, author of Miss Lost Nation