Incendiary Girls by Kodi Scheer
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A couple of stories slip a bit too deep into the allegorical weeds, but this is overall an effective and surprising collection.
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Incendiary Girls explores our baser instincts with vivid imagination and dark humor. In these stories, the body becomes strange and unfamiliar terrain, a medium for transfor­mation. In “Fundamental Laws of Nature,” a doctor considers legacy, both good and bad, when she discovers her mother has been reincarnated as a Thoroughbred mare. The infer­tile couple of “Primal Son” desperately wants a child, but when their wish is granted, the baby isn’t recognizably human. In “When a Camel Breaks Your Heart,” a figure artist struggles to understand her lover’s culture as he morphs, quite literally, into an exotic ani­mal. And the title story, narrated by an unorthodox angel, chronicles the remarkable life of a girl just beyond death’s reach.
 
In Kodi Scheer’s hands, empathy and attachment are illuminated by the absurdity of life. When our bodies betray us, when we begin to feel our minds slip, how much can we embrace without going insane? How much can we detach ourselves before losing our humanity? Scheer’s stories grapple with these questions in each throbbing, choking, heartbreaking moment.
 

About Kodi Scheer

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Kodi Scheer teaches writing at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MFA. She was awarded the Dzanc Prize for Excellence in Literary Fiction and Community Service.
 
Published April 8, 2014 by Little A. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Feb 24 2014

A couple of stories slip a bit too deep into the allegorical weeds, but this is overall an effective and surprising collection.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Mar 10 2014

These characters suffer from health problems, competitive relationships with their relatives, lovers who abandon them, and missing spouses, but their belief in the bizarre and magical allows them to cope. When she slips into pure magical realism...the story falters despite its delightful premise.

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