Skin (Flyover Fiction). Kellie Wells

Skin (Flyover Fiction)

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Language: English
Page: 248
ISBN: 0803248245, 9780803256408

From Publishers Weekly

Wells extracts marvelous absurdity from a mundane landscape, the Kansas town of What Cheer, where obscure physical afflictions and deep existential questions weigh on a cast of neighborhood residents that includes a deacon in midlife crisis, a gay punk-rocker grasping for self-worth and a little girl with powers of divination. The shifting narratives and humor-tinged misadventures create a series of vignettes rather than a classic story arc; Wells's gift is language play. "I decline to be ground by your simplifying pestle into an easily digested set of sitcom characteristics you can swallow down without effort," says an emotionally wounded elderly woman, Charlotte McCorkle, summing up Wells's challenge to the reader throughout the book. Wells (the collection Compression Scars) often indulges her writerly flourishes to the point of alienation: "Zero's body throbbed, mortised to the superlunary, empyreal purlieu of being." But she rewards effort with a fantastical story that sweetens its bite with tabloid fare: an alien abduction, angel visitations and talking cows who try to explain God. (Mar.)
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The residents of What Cheer, Kansas, are a fractured and tortured lot, wrangling with questions of personal responsibility, spiritual absolution, and cosmic uncertainty. What cheer, indeed? There's Ivy Engle, contemplating her mysterious tree filled with bats, and her boyfriend, Duncan, dressing all in blue to hide the scars ambushing his body. Next door lives evangelical Ansel Dorsett, whose piety is too much for the infirm Charlotte McCorkle to bear, laboring as she does under the delusion that she killed her husband, while in reality, he languishes in a nursing home across town. Ansel's savior may be the precocious child, Ruby Tuesday Loomis, who sees possibility in words written on cows, and dreams of fruit springing from her body, though such otherworldly skills confound Ruby's mother, Rachel, who still bears the childhood scars wrought upon her by her father's violence. In this surrealistic phantasmagoria, Wells writes with an intoxicating lyricism of the magic and mystery that lurk within and without the frailest and finest among us. Carol Haggas
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