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Unruly Creatures: Stories
by Jennifer Caloyeras
West Virginia University Press, 2017
Paper: 978-1-943665-78-5 | eISBN: 978-1-943665-80-8
Library of Congress Classification PS3603.A446248A6 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.6


Independent Publisher’s Book Awards, Silver Medal, Short Story Fiction

In this collection rife with humor and pathos, alienated characters struggle to subvert, contain, control, and even escape their bodies. A teenage girl grapples with pubic hair grown wild, a biologist finds herself in love with a gorilla, a prisoner yearns to escape her biological destiny.
 In some stories, the bodies have surrogates: a high-school girl babysits an elderly woman’s plastic doll while negotiating her own sexual awakening, and a young man finds that he can only receive affection from his father when he is in costume. Dark humor and magical realism put in sharp relief the everyday trials of Americans in a story collection that asks, in what way are we more than the sum of our parts?  

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