Mannequin and Wife

Mannequin and Wife : Stories

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In Mannequin and Wife, the debut story collection from Jen Fawkes, sharp and imaginative tales trip seamlessly across borderlands, navigating comedy and tragedy, psychological and magical realism, the mundane and the marvelous.

Readers of these adventurous fictions will encounter a flock of stenographers, the strongest woman alive, a taxidermist with anger issues, an Elephant Girl, a fairy on her lunch break, and a married couple who live with a department store mannequin. Elsewhere, an American actor impersonates a code-breaking Britisher during World War II. A mother awaiting her son's return discovers his personal ad soliciting the services of a cannibal (and fears the worst). A criminal mastermind's protege plots the destruction of Mount Rushmore from within an extinct volcano. A man buys a drive-in theater and transforms it into a carnival sideshow. And an attorney puzzles over how to leave someone his deceased client's heart.

Fawkes's award-winning stories examine the vagaries of human relationships-mother and child, husband and wife, mentor and protege-to tease out the startling complications that arise from our entanglements with those we loathe and those we love.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 12.19mm | 272.16g
  • Baton Rouge, United States
  • English
  • 0807173916
  • 9780807173916

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Decidedly weird things happen in this distinctive first collection from four-time Pushcart nominee Fawkes . . . Both creepy and surreal, these stories can also be poignant, and if the occasional tale feels sketchy--we want more about the doughty girl who can bring her sawhorses alive, even if she must recombine them after they're chopped up by an abuser--this is a writer to watch. VERDICT: Good reading, especially for fans of the fantastical.--Library Journal
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About Jen Fawkes

Jen Fawkes has published fiction and nonfiction in One Story, Crazyhorse, the Iowa Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review, Best Small Fictions 2020, and elsewhere. Her story collection Tales the Devil Told Me won the 2020 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction and is forthcoming in May 2021. She is a four-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and her stories have received awards from the Pinch, Washington Square Review, Harpur Palate, Salamander, and others. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and several imaginary friends.
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