Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind
Fiction. Women's Studies. Chavisa Woods' LOVE DOES NOT MAKE ME GENTLE OR KIND is a collection of fiction focusing on the formative and tumultuous moments in the lives of two women as children and adults, whose relationship to one another is cast in an ambiguous light, and whose characters are abstracted within the context of each story. Primarily set in rural America and o...more
Paperback, 195 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Fly by Night Press
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Chavisa Wood's stories and the voice(s) she employs to tell them are powerful, self-assured, and poetic. Echoing Denis Johnson's "Jesus' Son", this is a ragged, surreal cry from the dark underbelly of the American heartland. I wish and expect a strong future for this writer, whose wisdom and technique are ahead of her years. But... here I must reveal one of my prejudices. I have to admit the annoyance I feel when the rudiments of copy editing and book formatting are ignored. The broken rules act...more
my inscription on my copy is just the first of the most amazing things in this book. i love it when my friends show off their total brilliance and creativity, and here's an absolutely lovely example. chavisa's vision of life growing up queer in rural illinois is deliciously twisted and incredibly resonating. i recently read a right-wing rant against this book. about the homos, the queerness, and the buffaloes. and i knew it was the review chavisa had most wanted.