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Senseless Women
by Sarah Harris Wallman
University of Massachusetts Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-1-61376-769-6 | Paper: 978-1-62534-518-9
Library of Congress Classification PS3623.A44523A6 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.6

Exploring the darker side of optimism, Sarah Harris Wallman’s debut collection shows women attempting to build durable havens from reality, struggling to keep relationships intact, and reinventing themselves. A lonely music teacher at a Nashville Christian academy awaits the miracle of love; a Jane Doe recalls the affair that sustained, and ended, her; a new mother brings life into the world during a bleak election party; young girls are exploited by a nightclub owner in death, as in life. Alone or in weird sisterhood, some of these women are senseless because they refuse to feel, others because they’ve been deprived of stimuli and attention. As these twelve stories prove, there’s no sensible way to fall in love, raise children, or escape. This is Senseless Women.

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