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Emerging author Chavisa Woods has been noted for capturing a “strange, troubling vision of domestic life in the rural U.S.” (Go Magazine). Here she presents a technicolored vision of rural adolescence, the story of a girl with an unpronounceable name–a fiery, unhinged, growling, big-hearted country girl in a dirty black tutu and combat boots who travels along all the bizarre yet familiar byways of human desire from the cornfields of Louisiana and the big brass sound of Mardi Gras to the heights of the Empire State Building. Turning the tradition of the southern gothic novel on its head, Woods presents a new land of contemporary misfits including fire-dancers, pseudo-Nazis who breed albino animals, Catholic workers, horse thieves, and the archangel Gabrielle.
“A natural and philosophical writer, Woods is propelled by her commitments to language and desire to illuminate ghettos of consciousness: geographic, economic, and emotional.”–Sarah Schulman, author of Rat Bohemia and Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination