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Hair Side, Flesh Side
by Helen Marshall and Robert Shearman and Chris Roberts

Overview - A child receives the body of Saint Lucia of Syracuse for her seventh birthday. A rebelling angel rewrites the Book of Judgement to protect the woman he loves. A young woman discovers the lost manuscript of Jane Austen written on the inside of her skin.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A child receives the body of Saint Lucia of Syracuse for her seventh birthday. A rebelling angel rewrites the Book of Judgement to protect the woman he loves. A young woman discovers the lost manuscript of Jane Austen written on the inside of her skin. A 747 populated by a dying pantheon makes the extraordinary journey to the beginning of the universe. Lyrical and tender, quirky and cutting, Helen Marshall's exceptional debut collection weaves the fantastic and the horrific alongside the touchingly human in fifteen modern parables about history, memory, and cost of creating art.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781927469248
  • ISBN-10: 1927469244
  • Publisher: Chizine Publications
  • Publish Date: November 2012
  • Page Count: 247


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Books > Fiction > Fantasy - Dark Fantasy
Books > Fiction > Fantasy - Collections & Anthologies

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-03-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Aurora-nominated poet Marshall (Skeleton Leaves) switches to prose with this collection of 15 short stories. The selections explore themes of love and possession, as well as a preoccupation with the past perhaps inspired by Marshall’s academic life as a Ph.D. student in medieval literature. The supernatural remains present throughout, whether in the form of angels ("The Book of Judgment"), ghosts ("Dead White Men"), or metamorphosis ("Holding Pattern"). Some of the tales’ allusions, while clearly important to the author, may be too subtle for casual readers, as when "This Feeling of Flying" hints that some of the characters are Greek gods and "The Book of Judgment" relies on prior knowledge of Jane Austen. Though the collection as a whole is uneven, at times frustratingly ambiguous, and at others wickedly satisfying, it wisely groups the individual stories in increasing order of quality, leaving the best for last. Horror fans should enjoy Marshall’s darkly obsessive tone, and aficionados of canonical literature will appreciate her references, but genre newcomers may feel overwhelmed. (Nov.)

 
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