14th out of 15 books — 14 voters
The Freak Chronicles
by Jennifer Spiegel (Goodreads Author)
An American missionary sleeps on the dung floor in a witch doctor's hut in South Africa. Two women contemplate "poverty porn" while trying to start a nonprofit in China. An heiress locks eyes with a whore on the streets of Cape Town. A college girl stalks Mickey Rourke. A professor from New Jersey gets scammed in Old Havana before Castro's demise. A mom obsesses about the...more
Paperback, 225 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Dzanc Books
(first published June 12th 2012)
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This is a terrific collection of stories that take place in exotic settings with restless and memorable characters. I enjoyed the way Jennifer Spiegel weaves a political conscience into fully realized fictional tales. Her characters find themselves in strange places. They are denizens and ex-pats and generally people searching for something, mostly themselves. I especially loved the stories "Glasnost" and "Good bye, Madagascar," but all of these pieces of short fiction fulfilled their promise. T...more
The characters in these stories struggle to find basic connections although the world doesn't stop to give them time to think. Some of them are alienated in every way, placed in strange countries, surrounded by unfamiliar cultures, with guides as out of place as they are. Even those on familiar ground feel out of place. Time passes and people lose touch. Sometimes something as seemingly slight as a fascination with Mickey Rourke is enough to taint a relationship, while other times, two people wi...more
Jennifer Spiegel has an MA in Politics from New York University, and an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Arizona State. She teaches college classes. A short story collection, THE FREAK CHRONICLES, is forthcoming in June 2012 (Dzanc Books). A novel, LOVE SLAVE, is forthcoming in the fall of 2012 (Unbridled Books). She lives with her husband and two kids in Arizona. Please visit her at www.jen...moreMore about Jennifer Spiegel...