Hair Side, Flesh Side by Helen MarshallHair Side, Flesh Side by Helen Marshall

Hair Side, Flesh Side

byHelen Marshall

Paperback | July 14, 2017

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A child receives the body of Saint Lucia of Syracuse for her seventh birthday. A rebelling angel rewrites the Book of Judgement to protect the woman he loves. A young woman discovers the lost manuscript of Jane Austen written on the inside of her skin. A 747 populated by a dying pantheon makes the extraordinary journey to the beginning of the universe. Lyrical and tender, quirky and cutting, Helen Marshall's exceptional debut collection weaves the fantastic and the horrific alongside the touchingly human in fifteen modern parables about history, memory, and cost of creating art.
Aurorawinning poet Helen Marshall ( is an author, editor, and selfproclaimed bibliophile. As a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's prestigious Centre for Medieval Studies, she has presented widely in England, Canada and the United States on topics ranging from the width of medieval punctuation to fourteenthce...
Title:Hair Side, Flesh SideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:July 14, 2017Publisher:ChiZine PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927469244

ISBN - 13:9781927469248

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended - Stories that will get under your skin! This debut collection takes on big concepts like history, memory and art, but it does so through stories that are surprisingly funny, quirky, emotional and human. My favorite story "Sanditon" focuses on an editor who, in the midst of an affair with a famous author, discovers a lost manuscript of Jane Austen written on the inside of her skin. She then must negotiate the power balance of their relationship as they try to publish. The story plays well off another story, "Dead White Men", where a twenty-something bar fly picks up a woman who acts as a medium, channelling the ghosts of dead authors into the bodies of her lovers. This is an exceptionally well-crafted collection, with themes returning in various forms throughout the fifteen stories, falling somewhere between Jorge Luis Borges, Jasper Fford, and Neil Gaiman. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-11-23