In piercing, unprettified prose, Terese Svoboda navigates the terrain of alienation and loss. “I talk like a lady who knows what she wants” is how the vagrant begins her story in “Trailer Girl.” As she struggles to rescue what she says is a wild girl hiding in the gully, the neighbors become more certain than ever that the child is imaginary-until there’s a murder. Stark and disturbing, “Trailer Girl” is the story of cycles of child abuse and the dream to escape them. In “Psychic,” a clairvoyant knows she’s been hired by a murderer, in “Leadership” a tiny spaceship lands between a boy and his parents, in “Venice,” a woman performs the Heimlich maneuver on an ex-husband, then flees by gondola, and in “White,” a grandfather explains to his grandson how a family is like a collection of chicken parts. Frequently violent, always passionate, these often short short stories are full-strength, as strong and precise as poetry.
And Other Stories
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"[P]owerful cutting-edge literary fiction..." —Library Journal
TERESE SVOBODA is an American poet, novelist, memoirist, short story writer, librettist, translator, biographer, critic and videomaker.
“Svoboda, sounding here like a cross between William S. Burroughs and Dorothy Allison, has been lauded in edgier venues like Spin and the Village Voice… she could find an audience of more adventurous readers.” —Publishers Weekly
“[P]owerful cutting-edge literary fiction…” —Library Journal