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Fever dreams turn kids into parrots, lungs sprout seeds, and a lover’s infection infuses into her name. In this collaborative collection, real contagions transform into magical kinds of sickness, from airborne amnesia to genetic tornados to plague-stricken mail. These magical stories offer no cures for the human condition, but they will infect you with dreams of a differen ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Jellyfish Highway Press
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Lori
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dark and dire stories that are interconnected through themes of illness, infidelity, and gender fluidity well as character and place. Some stories crash through your walls with a sledgehammer while others slip-slide quietly across the floor.

Matt
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
There's a lot going on in these stories, whether you find yourself wondering, as I did, about the collaborative nature of the writing (Colen is one of three women credited on the cover and inside) or the stories themselves, which are rife with magical realist transformations and slippery identities. But for all this antic energy, it got kind of samey.

I understand the thematic clarity of having so many of the stories dealing with an illness, or someone being gay and discovering that, or the queer
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Robert Vaughan
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was really strange and super in a manner that I adore. Unique characters and the exchanges between the narrative and dialogue in most of the stories in this collection were super duper! I was only aware of Elizabeth Colen's work (a fan!) before this book arrived, and so it also turned me on to two other new authors, which is great! The 'magical realism' within the book is also exceptional. You can read this cover to cover in one sitting, but don't. Savor the stories first! Then read th ...more
Richard
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I came to this book as a big fan of Kelly Magee, and this might be quite a thorough collaboration, as it's hard to point out her particular contributions, but if you know Kelly Magee at all, you also know there's With Animal, a collaboration with Carol Guess, who is also one of the collaborators of this book, so perhaps that loss of being able to pinpoint Magee's individual contributions perhaps attests to how complete this collaboration is. The first handful of stories are utter powerhouses, ab ...more
Jan Stinchcomb
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Truly innovative, this collection is a collaboration between three highly accomplished writers. These loosely linked stories are quirky and pleasing and contain some of the best representations of mothers I have seen in a long time. If you're searching for something original yet accessible, this is it. ...more
Ben Arzate
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars

Your Sick is an uneven book. It has enough weak and forgettable stories to keep it from being a complete success. However, the good stories are good enough that it's still worth picking up.

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