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People with Holes

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Hailed as "magic realism at its finest," Fowler's stories reveal the small but essential truths that motivate sex, love, and tragedy in relationships. Previously compared to Franz Kafka, Shirley Jackson, and the love child of Joyce Carol Oates and Angela Carter, Fowler's voice flips in tone and cadence in ways that delight her readers. Whether in museums of solitude, airpo ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 262 pages
Published July 14th 2012 by Pink Narcissus Press (first published July 1st 2012)
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Pat Pujolas
One day, when I am president (note to self: run for president), my first order of business will be giving this author the praise and acclaim she deserves. With an international publishing contract, so the entire world can see that beautiful, brave storytelling is alive and well in America. Until then, you guys are going to have to help me campaign.
Katrina Jørgensen
Normally I am not a fan of short stories. But this collection was masterfully done. Maybe I just needed something different but the themes of love and sex and magic were beautifully woven with emotion. Glad I picked it up on a whim.

Wonderfully deep and sticky, yet shallow enough at times to cause no lasting tissue damage.
Meg Tuite
“People With Holes,” is a potent collection of magic realism that weaves the tragedy and deception in relationships, the holes of humanity and pulls all that subterfuge to the surface. Holes are actual holes on people that are visible, rooms become home to our scars, heads can be cut off of bodies and carried around, people shrink, turn into various animals, a museum of solitude holds all memories, a boyfriend’s belly is a flat screen of ocean the narrator can swim into while another’s penis is ...more
Heather Fowler’s stories are full of sex and magic. That sounds flowery, but in this San Diego writer’s hands, it’s anything but.

In the title story of her new collection, People with Holes, published by Pink Narcissus Press, the sexually frustrated protagonist is upset that her lover refuses to let her explore the hole that has suddenly appeared in his elbow. She complains, “You use my holes all the time.”

People with Holes is packed with sudden transformations. A woman dating a hunter wakes up
Mark Folse
Heather Fowler takes the mundane subjects of modern narrative in the age of memoir and thinly veiled roman a clef--relationships, sex, the way they fit together in the world--into an imaginative magical realist territory. The best stories (and there are only a few in this large collection that fall flat) are imbued with a combination of mystery, magic and sensuality that will keep you up at night, ready to read just one more. The title story alone, with its amazing treatment of the way we withho ...more
Jess Stoner
This book, oh this collection of magical feminist stories, is to be savored and bewildered by. Here's my review at Necessary Fiction:
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Heather Fowler is a poet, a fiction writer, a playwright, and a novelist. She is the author of the story collections Suspended Heart (2010), People with Holes (2012), This Time, While We're Awake (2013), and Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness (2014). Fowler’s People with Holes was named a 2012 finalist for Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award in Short Fiction. Her fictive work has been m ...more
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