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.
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Title:Elegies For Uncanny GirlsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 20, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253024293

ISBN - 13:9780253024299

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Other Mothers
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Susan:
Costume
Center
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Caroline
Audra
Melissa
When Maggie Thinks of Matt
Jill, or The Big Little Lady
Dora
Winona


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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's stories hover somewhere between miracle and metaphor, inhabiting a landscape both foreign and familiar. They are stories of motherhood, daughterhood, sisterhood, and the complexity of occasionally taking on all of these roles at once. Don't let the title fool you-while Colville's stories may be elegies, her characters remain wondrously alive.