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“An extraordinary book whose time has come—no other book takes on the challenges of womanhood as bravely and passionately as Elegies for Uncanny Girls does. In short, I don’t know of another book in our post-millennial era that captures with such intelligence the ‘uncanny’ sensibilities of ‘girls,’ of all ages.” Karen Brennan, author of Monsters “Jennifer Colville’s stories hover somewhere between miracle and metaphor , inhabiting a landscape both foreign and familiar. They are stories of motherhood, daughterhood, sisterhood, and the complexity of occasionally taking on all of these roles at once. Don’t let the title fool you—while Colville’s stories may be elegies, her characters remain wondrously alive.” B. J. Hollars, author of This Is Only a Test “Gorgeously terrifying and magically perceptive, Jennifer Colville’s brilliant elegies spark the mind and ignite the senses, exposing the secret, hyperreal experiences of girls and young women negotiating the treacherous terrain of a world where others see them as victims or monsters, virgins, nymphets, or soon-to-be spinsters—where they know themselves as miraculous, beautiful and vast, dangerously potent. For uncanny girls the body is not a limit, but a multiverse of thrilling possibilities!” Melanie Rae Thon, author of Voice of the River “In lyrical, playful prose Colville explores our innermost irrational urges and jealousies: family life in all its complexities. The characters in these stories are heartbroken and twitching but ready for more, and it is a delight to watch them tremble, puzzle, hope, forgive.” Deb Olin Unferth, author of Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the Sandinistas “Elegies for Uncanny Girls is a smart exploration of boundaries between place and body, with a particular emphasis on gender identity and female sexuality. Colville’s beautiful work with imagery serves to advance the stories and the characters are engaging and compassionately written. Her subtlety of approach brings a welcome and exciting variation to the genre.” Bethany Schultz Hurst, author of Miss Lost Nation Elegies Uncanny Girls for IndIana UnIversIt y Press Bloomington & Indianapolis MIchael Martone J e n n i fe r co lvi lle Elegies Uncanny Girls for This book is a publication of Indiana University Press Office of Scholarly Publishing Herman B Wells Library 350 1320 East 10th Street Bloomington, Indiana 47405 USA© 2017 by Jennifer Colville All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. The Association of American University Presses’ Resolution on Permissions constitutes the only exception to this prohibition. The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences–Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48–1992. Manufactured in the United States of America Cataloging information is available from the Library of Congress ISBN 978-0-253-0249-9 (paperback) ISBN 978-0-253-02436-7 (ebook) 1 2 3 4 5 22 21 20 19 18 17 ...


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