The Melancholy of Anatomy by Shelley Jackson
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Amusing, touching, and unsettling, The Melancholy of Anatomy is that most wonderful of fictions, one that makes us see the world in an entirely new light.

Here is the body turned inside out, its members set free, its humors released upon the world. Hearts bigger than planets devour light and warp the space around them; the city of London has a menstrual flow that gushes through its underground pipes; gobs of phlegm cement friendships and sexual relationships; and a floating fetus larger than a human becomes the new town pastor. In this debut story collection, Shelley Jackson rewrites our private passages, and translates the dumb show of the body into prose as gorgeous as it is unhygienic.


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About Shelley Jackson

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Shelley Jackson’s The Patchwork Girl is perhaps the best-known work in the genre of Electronic Literature. Jackson studied with Robert Coover at Brown University and now lives in New York City.
 
Published December 1, 2010 by Anchor. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In her oddly infantile, solemnly scatological first collection of stories treating the body's four "humors," online fiction diva Jackson (The Patchwork Girl</EMP

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In her oddly infantile, solemnly scatological first collection of stories treating the body's four "humors," online fiction diva Jackson (The Patchwork Girl</EMP

Feb 18 2002 | Read Full Review of The Melancholy of Anatomy: St...

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With a shocking weirdness in the vein of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series and the movie Being John Malkovich, this collection of stories often grossed me out and made me laugh out loud at the same time.

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