An American Missionary Sleeps On The Dung Floor In A Witch Doctor S Hut In South Africa Two Women Contemplate Poverty Porn While Trying To Start A Nonprofit In China An Heiress Locks Eyes With A Whore On The Streets Of Cape Town A College Girl Stalks Mickey Rourke A Professor From New Jersey Gets Scammed In Old Havana Before Castro S Demise A Mom Obsesses About The Fate Of Sesame Street Characters A Study Abroad Student Goes Home With A Russian Street Artist Backpackers Question Their Global Idealism Terrain, Both Ordinary And Extraordinary, Work On The Imaginations And Perceptions Of People On The Run, Freaks In The Making, Eccentrics By ChoiceThe Short Stories In This Collection Explore, Both Implicitly And Explicitly, The Notion Of Freakiness They Worry Over Eccentricity, Alienation, Normalcy, And Intimacy What Is It That Makes One A Freak, Makes One Want To Embrace Quirkiness, Have The Fortitude To Cultivate Oddity Is There A Fine Line Between Abnormality And The Extraordinary Jennifer Spiegel S Stories Delve Into These Questions And Others Review in American Book Review What does it mean to be a freak More specifically, what does it mean to be a woman, a citizen of the world, a mother, a daughter, a wife, a lover, someone who wants to make the world a better place What does it mean to be normal and is that really the life you want to lead I sometimes have a hard time with collections of short stories because I don t feel I have time to become invested in the characters or plots By the story Zigzag Bridge third in the collection , I was all in I had fallen into the rhythm of Spiegel s sublime writing and each lead character was a woman I could identify with all strong, intelligent, flawed, real human females.My favorites were The Freak Chronicles the title story , Zigzag Bridge, and Missing Northern I think these three resonated with me the most because I felt a kindred spirit with each of the main characters in them Spiegel s writing is full of wit, wanderlust, regular lust, questioning, longing, regret, and understanding She validated my freakiness and took me by the hand into the worlds of fellow freaks, one lovely page at a time.And Jennifer, I am in awe of you I know that writing and being published are two very different things You ve done both extremely well Kudos my dear 4 1 2 3 s from me. This is a terrific collection of stories that take place in exotic settings with restless and memorable characters I enjoyed the way Jennifer Spiegel weaves a political conscience into fully realized fictional tales Her characters find themselves in strange places They are denizens and ex pats and generally people searching for something, mostly themselves I especially loved the stories Glasnost and Good bye, Madagascar, but all of these pieces of short fiction fulfilled their promise This is a hip and tight collection that offers a seriously good read.
www.jenniferspiegel.com.Something lively Jennifer Spiegel is a fiction writer and English professor who never got over her first reading of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE or that time when she first saw the film version of THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING She wishes she could go on an African safari or a trip to Turkey or even spend a little time in Manhattan soon, but it s likely she ll be feeding the cats or grading the papers But, seriously, what a great thing it is to be a real writer
- 225 pages
- The Freak Chronicles
- Jennifer Spiegel
- 04 December 2019 Jennifer Spiegel