Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House

Fantastic Women Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House Fantastic Women comprises eighteen stories by some of the most exciting contemporary women writers in the United States The daughters of Franz Kafka and Mary Shelley the Brothers Grimm and Angela Ca

  • Title: Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House
  • Author: Rob Spillman Joy Williams
  • ISBN: 9781935639107
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fantastic Women comprises eighteen stories by some of the most exciting contemporary women writers in the United States The daughters of Franz Kafka and Mary Shelley, the Brothers Grimm, and Angela Carter, these inventive, insightful authors steep their narratives in a heady potion of surrealism and macabre black comedy The result is wildly creative work that captures thFantastic Women comprises eighteen stories by some of the most exciting contemporary women writers in the United States The daughters of Franz Kafka and Mary Shelley, the Brothers Grimm, and Angela Carter, these inventive, insightful authors steep their narratives in a heady potion of surrealism and macabre black comedy The result is wildly creative work that captures the potent truth about human nature far clearly than much of the fiction or, for that matter, the nonfiction being written today Why just women More and women writers are creating work that not only pushes the envelope but also folds realistic fiction into an origami dragon, transporting readers into worlds we ve never seen before and digging deeper into the psychic bedrock than their male counterparts.So slip into a pocket universe, drive through a family s home, awake in the night to find you ve become a deer, and dive into the ocean to join your mermaid mother We can t imagine ever wanting to escape this spellbinding world, but if you must, best leave a trail of crumbs along your way.

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    1. Dear Future Self,You think you will really like this book based on the description and the authors involved, but you won't like it. Sincerely,Jess of July 2012

    2. This is a case of "exactly what it says on the tin": this is a collection of 18 surreal(ish), slipstream(ish) stories prominently featuring women. (Though I don't think many of these stories passes the Bechdel test. You may have read something by these authors before and you may be interested in finding or avoiding them; so as a public service (since doesn't tel us), here's the contents:Aimee Bender, “Americca” Kate Bernheimer, “Whitework” Judy Budnitz, “Abroad” Sarah Shun-lien Bynu [...]

    3. Great to see recent stories from Budnitz, Richter and Slavin; I really enjoyed their collections years ago, always wondering what they've been up to. The Elliot, Link and Nutting pieces are great, but also included in their last collections (all favorites of mine).

    4. This is one of the best story collections I've read in a while--a lot of weird, fantastic things (werewolves, aliens, metamorphoses, living dolls, etc. etc.) are in here, done in a literary, beautiful, and surprising wayme of my favorite quotes from the stories:"ABROAD," BY JUDY BUDNITZ "There was a long slice of window that ran from floor to ceiling and showed us the spires and towers and crested weather vanes of a city we had never seen before. It's just a travel poster, he said and tried to s [...]

    5. A collection of uncanny and weird tales from talented women writers--what more could you ever want? I must admit that despite this great premise for a collection, I was actually left wanting. The pacing of the stories is slow, especially at the first 1/3 of the book, and I wanted more fantastic/magical realism elements than this anthology offered. Perhaps that's more of a personal taste thing than an actual issue with this publication, but I would've liked to see fantastic in every sense--not ju [...]

    6. Great collection entirely comprised of up-and-coming (and firmly established) female writers of fantastical, fabulist, and, wellweird fiction. I loved the presentation and careful curation of this book--clearly exciting things are happening at Tin House. Some of the bigger names (Lydia Davis; Miranda July) were represented by fairly slight (dare I say lazy?) pieces, but there were plenty of other gems and new writers to discover. A few stories tended towards the fey or overly cute--always a risk [...]

    7. I borrowed this from the public library on an inter-library loan. It's not the best way to read this kind of collection. It's best taken in small doses, one story at a sitting. Otherwise they lose their edge, and they are edgy stories.A collection of stories is like a music album. You aren't going to like each selection equally. If there are two or three you really like, a couple of ones you don't care for and the rest are good or OK, the collection is worthwhile. Of the 18 stories, I really lik [...]

    8. This is where literary meets genre, and the impact is sometimes mystifying, sometimes breath-taking, and always beautifully written. These stories demand an active reader, it's tough for me to read more than one a night, and some of them have given me vivid dreams. Highly recommended, but don't expect to read this easily. These stories require your attention in ways standard genre does not. I guarantee this book is not for everyone.

    9. I found this book to be similar to "My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me." In both cases, the stories are creative and well-written. In fact, I would give some stories in this book 4-5 stars. If you like this genre, then you will like this book. It's just not my thing."His eyes said he understood all the sadness in the world, and his worn face said he would do everything in his power to defeat it." The Young Wife's Tale by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum.

    10. Kate Bernheimer's "Whitework" is perfection.Other favorites include "Beast" by Samantha Hunt and "Big People" by Gina Zucker. Karen Russell's "The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach" was a lot of fun to read, though I couldn't understand the meaning of the ending. Likely my own shortcoming.I'm not a short story person, but this collection kept me entertained during snatches of down-time at work.

    11. I started this anthology in September, and sadly, it wasn't holding my attention. I don't know if it was front-loaded with stories that simply didn't interest me, or if I just wasn't in the mood for short stories, but I picked it up again about a week ago and promptly finished it.I especially loved "The Wilds" by Julia Elliot, "Light" by Kelly Link, "The Doll Awakens" by Stacey Richter, "The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach" by Karen Russell, and "Big People" by Gina Zucker.

    12. This collection contains some of my favorite authors (Alissa Nutting, Miranda July among others), but overall I found the stories very hit or miss. Although I enjoy stories that are surreal, that make you a bit uncomfortable, as a reader, you still need some sort of mooring. Something you can still relate to, unless the story is so short that it doesn't matter. But for some of these stories, I had a tough time keeping my bearing

    13. "Relationships rub the wrong way, Drive-Through-House cookie recipes are tested, skin is shed and children feared in these stories. My favorites get at the strong crypto-currents of emotion behind everyday things like family, work and love"

    14. An interesting collection of short stories. All of them are strange, a few are disturbing, one or two took most of the story before I realized just what was going on, and some just dropped off and left me asking "Then what happened?" with no distinct ending. I definitely see myself going back for a reread.

    15. Interesting plot devices and situations, but I wanted a little more experimental narrative. Many of the stories seemed to deliver "strange" plots in exactly the same way as traditional fiction, but I'd like to see surreal content take a surreal form.

    16. Tin House never fails to bring intelligent, peculiar and thoroughly moving literature together for a feast of diverse, yet complementary stories. Never have I been transformed in such a short period of time. Haunting, inventive and most of all, lasting, these stories are a beautiful snowstorm.

    17. I thoroughly enjoyed the bizarre tales in this book. Some were merely enjoyable, others I read and reread until the library made me return the text. Some great lines in this book. Highly recommended.

    18. Seriously, I wouldn't bother. Only two of the stories held my attention for more than a couple of pages. The Doll Awakens by Stacey Richter was one. The other, Snow White, Rose Red by Lydia Millet.I found reading the rest to be sheer torture.

    19. Beautifully written, intensely imaginative - all 18 of the stories. But not for the faint of heart. In Ursula Le Guin's back-cover blurb, where she says the stories are often "subtly disturbing," I think she could have dropped the "subtly."

    20. Great choices, and a helpful book for people looking to round out their favorite authors to include women. There are great ones out there, just harder to find because of less attention on them. This is a perfect place to start looking.

    21. Because this book was an anthology of tales by different authors, I liked some stories better than others, but it was fun to read literary stories with female characters and an altered-reality slant. My favorites included Americca, The Wilds, Oranges, and Snow White, Rose Red.

    22. Impulse checked out from the library on my kindle since Tin House is a small press and I wanted to find a new author. My favorite was Karen Russell's, The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach. I didn't like quite a few of the stories but I expected that.

    23. Great collection of fantasy fiction with a touch of sci-fi. I like the story of sisters whose home has small gifts magically appear on their table and their kitchen mysteriously filled with food.

    24. Favorites:"Americca" by Aimee Bender"Abroad" by Judy Budnitz"Light" by Kelly Link"The Doll Awakens" by Stacey Richter"Drive-Through House" by Julia Slavin"Big People" by Gina Zucker

    25. Pretty decent mix of stories, with clear influences of Kafka, Borges, and Carter. Nothing particularly memorable but all around an enjoyable read.

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