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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Elsa’s family grows more unkind by the week. Her boss, a seven-foot-tall rage demon, has control of everything but his anger. And her cat wants to eat her. Things could be better.

In a world where one’s Animal Affinity is a sign of maturity and worth, Elsa’s inability to demonstrate hers is becoming more than a disappointing nuisance; it’s becoming a danger. She has no conf
Published August 5th 2014 by Angélique Jamail (first published August 4th 2014)
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Finis. tells the tale of Elsa, an unremarkable person in a world where, in large part, people develop a preternatural "animal affinity." Because of her lack of animalistic tendencies, she has a raging boss who is increasingly cruel to her, family members who are cold to her at best, and to make matters worse, roaming gangs are targeting those who are older and yet still have not produced an affinity. Elsa worries that rather than being a late bloomer, she will never gain an animal affinity at al

Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You know how some people remind you of, or even resemble animals? In the world Jamail creates in this short but intense and fully-imagined novella, people are part-animal, or at least manifest Animal Affinities that are taken to be not just signs of their maturation into adults but also the fullest realization of selfhood. And Elsa doesn't have one. People without this quality--Plain Ones, like her--"will never reach their full potential, never understand the world in a complex way, never fully ...more
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Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being one of the few "Plain" people in a world run by magical shapeshifters, can be a real drag, and this is exactly where Elsa finds herself. Subject to discrimination and prejudice from her family, her boss, her apartment building manager, even her cat Jonas has it out for her, Elsa is less than stoked about life. In this sea of endless intolerance, Elsa's only advocate is her cousin, Gerard, who has the animalistic qualities of a sea urchin. Then, quite suddenly, she strikes up a friendship w ...more
Federica S.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this short story, it's well written and "complete", something that is sometimes difficult to achieve in few pages. For me it was like reading about the struggles that so many people (included me) have/had to face in life, only represented by fantastic creatures. You can just read it as a fantasy story or your can "read" so much more into it. Personally, it left me thinking all day (not all books have this effect on me) and I mean it as a compliment, it makes me want to discuss t ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a deceptively quick read about the struggle to find and shape identity in a modern world. In this particular modern world, humans find identity in the animal qualities they exhibit, usually beginning in puberty. And if they don't exhibit the traits of a walrus, rhino, or giraffe? Well, nothing is worse than being Plain, except for owning a disgruntled cat.

Finis follows its young heroine Elsa on a painful journey of self-discovery, complicated by her imperious family, rage monster boss,
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angélique Jamail describes her characters with such poetic verse, it's difficult to distinguish this short novel from fairy-tale. Elsa's troubles resonate with myself personally. The constant pressure for one's "Animal Affinity" in Finis is much like the process for finding one's self in the real world.

I would have loved to see more characters drawn by the illustrator Lauren Taylor. Imagine a portrait of Lois! Aside from wishing Elsa's Animal Affinity was what she initially though it to be. I t
Cyrus Ghaznavi
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jamail takes a classic story and puts a fresh and unique twist on it in Finis! She writes in a very straightforward prose, which when peppered with the magical realism of Finis, creates an interesting juxtaposition of styles. I most appreciate how real some of these characters are, and I was amazed at how Jamail played with my emotions with such a brief story. I eagerly await the next installment!
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely coming-of-age story about a young woman who is struggling to realize who she is meant to be. It captures the struggle many post-college graduates face trying to find a career they'll be happy in, but with a beautiful supernatural allegory. Jamail paints a fascinating world, and I look forward to reading more books of hers!
I received this book a long time ago via Goodreads giveaway and completely forgot about it.

I enjoy this short story, but it had potentiel to be better. I enjoyed that even if it's fantastic world, a lots of reflexions can be make about our reality. After the reading, I tought about how society threat different people and even if we do it unconsciously it can be really difficult to live with it. Unfortunately, too much still without answer and I don't personally like when it's the case, but I kn
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful adventure into magical realism. Elsa's world isn't different from our own, and her role in it is painfully real for too many. But that ache to find your place in a world that just won't have you...well, that is wonderfully portrayed here. Thank you Angelique, this story will stick with me.
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Angélique Jamail’s poetry, short fiction, and essays have appeared in over two dozen anthologies and journals, including New Reader Magazine, Waxwing, Time-Slice, Improbable Worlds, Pluck Magazine, The Milk of Female Kindness––An Anthology of Honest Motherhood, Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston, Femmeliterate, Bayou City Magazine, and The Enchantment of the Ordinary. Her short story ...more

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