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Published February 1st 2015 by Civil Coping Mechanisms
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Brian Alan Ellis
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kneeland takes us on an uncompromising funhouse ride of damaged women attractions: mistresses; self-destructive party girls; females who begrudgingly text naked pictures of themselves to their porno-obsessed boyfriends; teenaged goths who fool around in churches; suicidal lesbians coping inside treatment facilities; strippers; bulimics; tragedy fetishists who hoard bad relationships as though they were family photo albums.

She brings her characters’ hopes, faults, and fears to the surface.

She let
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'd read most of the stories in this collection when they first appeared in literary journals - and published one of them ("Sponge") in Storyglossia - and have always been impressed with Kneeland's raw voice. As one offs, these stories kill, but reading them one after the other in a collection, wow, the pain and sadness just gets overwhelming, so maybe don't do that, maybe read a few at time and be blown away bit by bit rather than all at once. ...more
Lauren Becker
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Andrea Kneeland's, and am always stunned by her ability to write uncomfortable, or even terrifying, subject matter with such beautiful and evocative language. Her stories often challenge reality head on, ripping aside façade to bare ugly truths beneath the seemingly normal. Andrea Kneeland's writing is truly breathtaking, and I cannot recommend this book highly enough. ...more
M.P. Johnson
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This Book Is Tough To Read (In The Best Way Possible)

This is the sort of collection that you have to put down for a moment after every story or else the cumulative emotional impact will threaten to shut you down entirely. In these stories, many of which are flash length, Kneeland builds characters quickly, showing their flaws and failures and truths. This is a book you need to spend a lot of time with, even though it hurts.
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Heartbreaking wonderfulness.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent collection. Really enjoyed Kneeland’s writing and the stories moved right along.
Andrew Miller
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kneeland has written a book of short prose pieces, strung together by a strong female voice that rings loud, clear and true even in, or especially in, moments of extreme weakness and cruelty. These pieces are as full and round as a good ballad, cutting out endless scenery and dialogue that a less skilled writer would require to build the images Kneeland so quickly draws with only a single word or phrase. Reading this book in public, or just carrying it around with the title in full view, can cau ...more
Matt Lewis
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Devastating, dark, and grittier than any Noir or Horror novel ever could be. The author's frighting talent for capturing the brutal, everyday moments, along with the concessions we make in order to keep afloat in this grain thresher of a life, are envious. This is the book equivalent to a loved one turning on the garbage disposal while your hand is in it, only to find that the power is out or the fuse disconnected. It's the meat of how you deal with those issues and the questions that linger, an ...more
Amber Sparks
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Andrea Kneeland's writing and this book was fantastic. It's formally innovative but not in any way stuffy - in fact, it's as real raw as you get. I'm not sure how Kneeland manages to take beautiful prose and turn it brutal, but she does it with an expert hand and an eye for the humorous and humanizing little detail. I keep thinking about stories even weeks after reading. I can't recommend this highly enough. ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
The prose packs a powerful punch. And the bruise flowers into the most brutal, deep purple patch of flowers.
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