Inside Madeleine

Inside Madeleine

eBook - 2014
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From the author of Nine Months, which Marcy Dermansky called "deliciously, dangerously rogue," comes a powerful, daring new collection about the curious, complicated relationships girls have with their bodies, with other girls, and with boys. A young anorexic girl comes to terms with her changing body while lying in the hospital; Polly deals with her unwelcome puberty whilst falling prey to peer pressure in the suspenseful vein of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been'"; Mary's nice-girl attitude is challenged when she begins a job at a psych ward; two best friends discover the power of being beautiful and young; Madeleine discovers menstruation and the power that comes with it; a kinky sexual relationship turns into a dangerous obsession. This eagerly awaited book seethes with alienation, lust and rage. It's even more daring and accomplished than Bomer's first collection, which Jonathan Franzen described as "like being attacked by a rabid dog' and feeling grateful for it. This is some of the rawest and most urgent writing I can remember encountering." From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, Inc., 2014.
ISBN: 9781616953102
1616953101
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Table of Contents
"Eye Socket Girls"
first appeared in Girls: An Anthology (Global City Press)
"Breasts"
first appeared in The Mississippi Review Online
"Reading to the Blind Girl"
first appeared in Storyglossia
"Down the Alley"
first appeared in The New York Tyrant
"Cleveland Circle House"
"Pussies"
first appeared in Night Train
"The Favorite Daughter"
first appeared in Necessary Fiction
"Two Years"
first appeared in Nerve
"Inside Madeleine"
an excerpt first appeared in Nerve.
Summary: From the author of Nine Months, which Marcy Dermansky called "deliciously, dangerously rogue," comes a powerful, daring new collection about the curious, complicated relationships girls have with their bodies, with other girls, and with boys. A young anorexic girl comes to terms with her changing body while lying in the hospital; Polly deals with her unwelcome puberty whilst falling prey to peer pressure in the suspenseful vein of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been'"; Mary's nice-girl attitude is challenged when she begins a job at a psych ward; two best friends discover the power of being beautiful and young; Madeleine discovers menstruation and the power that comes with it; a kinky sexual relationship turns into a dangerous obsession. This eagerly awaited book seethes with alienation, lust and rage. It's even more daring and accomplished than Bomer's first collection, which Jonathan Franzen described as "like being attacked by a rabid dog' and feeling grateful for it. This is some of the rawest and most urgent writing I can remember encountering." From the Trade Paperback edition.

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MrDrProfessorPatrick Dec 22, 2015

Bomer's writing is gritty and honest. She accurately captures all the unattractive bits that come with being a woman, struggling through the awkward years, finding an identity, and even losing one. She gives detailed, cringe-worthy accounts of all the shallow thoughts and actions that we like to pretend we have not gone through with ourselves because that would be to admit that we're flawed just like everyone else. Straightforward and without shame, "Inside Madeleine" is a cathartic reading experience.

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