Welcome to the contemporary Freak Show. A woman trying to have a child has a parasitic twin, an extra lower torso, and set of legs named Bianca—should she have "Bianca's Body" removed to improve her chances at conception? A bearded lady considers coming out of the closet about her hirsute nature, while carrying on a battle of wills with an overeating patron in "Mr. Chicken." A woman with four ears gets a chance to make extra money as the mascot of a tattoo parlour, and encounters a middle-aged, cookie-baking stalker who believes she is a sign that the end of the world is nigh. Meet the "freaks"—they're mothers, wives, and lovers: all of them trying negotiate a world that is quicker to stare than sympathize.
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The girl who buys a day old muffin each day to see the cute girl behind the counter, the jealousy of sisters, the passing fancy of a fad of fake ears, and even a romance over paperclips stay with you as you go about your day, noticing your mostly unexceptional body.Jan 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Bearded Women: Stories
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