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“Daughter is quantum. There is a girl, there is an octopus, there is language -- in minimal bursts of physical intensities, their magnitude measured in intimate discretes. Janice Lee's prose is energy transfer of the elementary particles of the matter of language. There is a girl, there is an octopus, there is language, understood at the infinitesimal level. No other book ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published 2011 by Jaded Ibis Press
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Peter Tieryas
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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It's so rare for a book that not only experiments with ideas, but the form and craft of writing itself. Janice Lee's, "Daughter," is probably one of the most unique and thought-provoking books I've read in recent memory. There are some pages where the paragraphs burst with fascinating ideas that make you question the whole of existence. There are some beautiful photos (by Rochelle Ritchie Spencer) within its pages, a compelling menage
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Tantra Bensko
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The idea that this is called a novel is wonderful, creating a new idea of what narrative, what linear progression of a story can entail, and thus, what life is, what our minds are, and what god and his brother, god, see when they look at the world through us, and our subconscious.
Kyle Muntz
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very fragmented and very whole at the same time, with a dynamic use of the surface of the page. I was particularly interested in the the forceful use of Nietzsche's dead god as a motif and some terminology that leaked in from neuroscience. This book seems to be published as fiction, which maybe isnt entirely accurate, but it occupies a beautifully smart hybrid territory with really fantastic writing.
Steve Owen
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Monster vs. octopus. They both win.
David
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The flow in this pulls the reader in and churns them about in a way that is both ecstatic and menacing. It functions on so many levels, both highly cerebral and sub-lingual thought, poetic and powerful prose, narrative and de/reconstructionist, ornamental and intelligent. The prose is both entertaining and challenging. In short, excellent.
Siel Ju
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Who is to say I’m not God and I just don’t remember it?”
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Janice Lee’s slim novel is a very poetic work — full of disruptions, non sequiturs, and fractured dialogue. There’s a vague semblance of a plot involving the daughter, her mother, and an octopus found in the desert. With shoutouts to everyone from Nietzsche to Sesame Street, Janice Lee’s experimental novel is an energetic and enigmatic read.
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Janice Lee is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She writes about the filmic long take, slowness, interspecies communication, the apocalypse, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? ...more
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