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The Girl Wakes: Stories

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Dark, strange, lyrical, and full of frustrated desire and whimsy, Carmen Laus debut collection of stories paints a vivid picture of femininity in the clutches of fantasy, reflecting the brutality of growing up a girl and challenging readers to rethink fairy tales as theyve always known them. Within, youll find a
Paperback, First, 154 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Alternating Current
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Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lau is a very talented writer. Able to bend the traditional fairy tale plot into complex narratives that make modern statements on feminism, childhood, relationships, and the basic vulnerability of all humans. Filled with queens, and wolves, and knives, and spoons, all of these short stories, no matter how brief, have something important to say. Beautifully produced as well with a unique dingbat for each story, which gives the book more of a fairy tale feel.
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I blurbed this book, and mean every word: Haunting and beautiful, Carmen Laus collection reads like a fever-dream of all your familiar childhood tales. These stories are at once contemporary and timeless, intertwining modernity and the world of the ever-after with deliriously powerful prose. Readers may need a trail of breadcrumbs or a ball of twine to find their way back to realityThe Girl Wakes is mesmerizing. ...more
Loved this. Review to come.
Leah Angstman
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of fairy tales, fantasy, Kate Bernheimer, Angela Carter, Fairy Tale Review
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I am the editor of this collection of short stories, but let me tell you why I chose, edited, and published it: Carmen Lau's writing is at once delicate and biting, soft and brutal, demure and harsh, and she masters that juxtaposition in a way that few others can. This is not just a book of fairy tales; it is a true book of issues, from feminism to coming-of-age to schizophrenia to bullying to body stereotypes to coming-out to familial problems to society's ideas of
Tabitha Blankenbiller
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A coming-of-age story told in mesmerizing layers of tall tales, fantasies and horror stories. This collection is unlike any I've picked up, and creates a whole portrait of adolescent longing, dark romance and long-simmering, terrifying desire. Lau breaks through with this collection as a writer who will enchant and horrify in turns, reminiscent of Matt Bell in "In The House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods."
Steph Post
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gutsy and startling. Reading The Girl Wakes is like slipping into a dark dream. These weaving, interconnected stories explore the true, violent and uncompromising nature of the girl in the fairytale. An absolutely gorgeous collection. And the illustrations are brilliant!
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
As confusing as this book was, I loved it!!
I love these stories! They are dark, surreal, mythic, and, at times, grotesque. Lau knows how to use her sentence structure to create a sense of unease.
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Carmen Lau has had stories published in Catapult, Haydens Ferry Review, Fairy Tale Review, and other journals. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from UC-Davis. Her story, Nothing Has Changed about Me, was chosen as one of Wigleafs Top 50 Very Short Fictions, and her story, Ghost, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The Girl Wakes is the winner of the Electric Book Award and is the authors first ...more

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