Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pg. 69: Jennifer Caloyeras's "Unruly Creatures"

Featured at the Page 69 Test: Unruly Creatures by Jennifer Caloyeras.

About the book, from the publisher:
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 into 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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The Page 69 Test: Unruly Creatures.

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