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It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides : Stories - by Jessica Lee Richardson (Paperback)

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Winner of the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize
 
Jessica Lee Richardson’s debut collection It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides teems with double magic—families of spiders, monsters in triplicate, and panels of bleacher-sitting grandfathers (who live in a diaphragm!) cohabitate with a starker, more familiar kind of strange in a hyper real and living tapestry of teenage ****** stars, lovelorn factory workers, and art world auctioneers. From a woman who awakes from a short kidnapping with an unquenchable need for risk to a concrete boat ride gone off the rails, from Los Angeles to the Bronx, from the Midwest to North Korea, these stories explore the absurd in real spaces and the real in absurd spaces, seeking a way into something else entirely.
 
Here, environments participate in agency, and voice compels movement forward, through, and in. Richly patterned language refuses singularity and the finger trap of the binary, seeking permeability in its reflection, a soft net to catch collective echoes. The collection begins and ends with stories that literalize descent and ascent, bookending the mirrored shape of the book’s arrangement as a vision of an inverted arc. The shape of story is literalized. We slide down from a mountaintop all the way to the inside of a womb and back, slipping on slopes unmarked by signs, catching stunning glimpses along the way. The journey along the track of desire might be frightening if it weren’t for all the water, if it weren’t for the bounce of the ride.
Number of Pages: 217
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Alabama Pr
Author: Jessica Lee Richardson
Language: English
Street Date: September 30, 2015
TCIN: 50125003
UPC: 9781573660525
Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-0424
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