The women in Victoria Lancelotta’s debut collection of stories live in the space between memory and desire, where what they see around them and what they know to be true can be vastly different things. They live in a world where time is malleable, stones are food, the body is an altar, the confessional is a difficult paradise, and the family is the last place to look for home. Edgy, brilliant, and disturbing, Here in the World presents us with short stories about women who, however flawed or compromised, are fierce and unforgettable.
Here in the World
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"These elegant vignettes press us, face first, into our own needs, into the raw fact of the body's desires." —New York Times Book Review
VICTORIA LANCELOTTA is the author of two novels: Here in the World: Thirteen Stories and Far, and her fiction has appeared in such literary magazines as Mississippi Review, Threepenny Review and McSweeney’s, among others.
“These elegant vignettes press us, face first, into our own needs, into the raw fact of the body’s desires.” —New York Times Book Review
“Lancelotta’s debut collection of 13 spare, fragmented short stories about women, nine of which are written in the first person, coheres as a series of dramatic monologues in which the theme of suppressed sexuality is a dark motif… In tensile prose energized by raw sexual imagery juxtaposed against realistic details of landscape and atmosphere, Lancelotta focuses on women with arrested emotional development.” —Publishers Weekly
“Lancelotta’s fiction debut contains 13 dark, sensual stories with a dreamlike quality that feature women taking control of their own sexuality, though the results don’t always leave them satisfied. “In Bars” tells of a woman’s twisted relationship with the married couple that lives next door. In “Nice Girl,” the childhood death of an older sister continues to haunt a woman and her mother. “The Gift” is a moving meditation on the secrets buried in family history. Lancelotta’s characters always seem unhappy and detached, but her prose is lyrical and mesmerizing. A good choice for academic and larger public libraries.” —Library Journal