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The Girl with Brown Fur: Tales and Stories

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In "The Girl With Brown Fur" Stacey Levine has invented stories that will thrill readers of literary fiction who hunger for an innovative American voice. No two of these fictions are alike, and yet in each, an otherworldly beauty shines through as Levine probes the basic human desire for connection. In "The Cats," Brook has her beloved cat -- and sole companion -- Sis clon ...more
Paperback, 187 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Starcherone/Dzanc (first published June 28th 2009)
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Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In case you missed it when Macadam/Cage put it out (that's 99% of you), here's my review of Levine's book, which was just reprinted by Starcherone...
I first fell in love with Stacey's writing through her first book, My Horse & Other Stories, which is one of my all-time favorites. She's had a couple of novels between then and now but I've been jonesing for more of her short fiction for too long. This is a great collection full of her usual deadpan humor, seemingly random surrealist touches, and c
Jason Pettus
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

(Originally written for Daniel Casey's Gently Read Literature.)

Ah, the MFA story collection; has a more beguiling trickster ever existed in the literary world? Originally a cutting-edge means of education at a time when "creative writing" was largely seen as an unworthy subject for university study, over t
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Short stories that sure, are written by somebody who has a good vocabulary, quite an imagination, and loves understatement and odd, very odd, juxtapositions, but compared to her novel "Dra----", I thought these stories more an exercise rather than an inspiration, or even compulsion. That said, as jonathan evison blurbed "A few words about Stacey Levine: Brilliant, Surprising, Unsettling. One of a kind." that describes these stories pretty well too, except maybe add, why?
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If Lydia Davis and George Saunders had a baby, and that baby was christened by Donald Barthelme... Stacey Levine is something like that.
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that falls into the zone that reveals my ignorance. I'm pretty comfortable, I think, with what I take to be the two primary modes of American fiction, those that are strictly narrative and those which are primarily language driven. This book, and I've read others like it, works differently; language is at play here, though the writing itself is kind of strangled with abstraction: imagine a Marianne Moore prose work, full of archaisms and slightly adjacent meanings, and ...more
I ordinarily read non-fiction - histories, biographies, etc. - but some of the best and most exciting writing is in fiction. The stories in this volume are quirky, surreal, funny or off-putting. Some don't have a linear beginning, middle and end, and others don't seem to go anywhere. But it's a fun ride. We meet a woman who wants to steal (she never uses the word kidnap) a sickly young girl from an unloving guardian; a man who can't get rid of unwelcome guests so he winds up killing them; and a ...more
Annaleely Leely
Oct 15, 2019 is currently reading it
i really like the words. i like the way she uses language. my brain is in such a sorry state lately, though, that i find the stories just passing through. even though my brain responds to the way things are written i find that i'm not sure i remember what i have read. i don't know if that makes sense. if it is any sort of review at all, i can think of a few people to recommend this book to... and perhaps things will stay in their brains better than mine.

Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read half of this, and just didn't want to continue. I like to read short stories that make me want to know more of the story, it's a good kind of want. I was just annoyed and bothered by these stories, and had no interest in any of them.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found these stories to be fairly unusual. I wouldn't exactly call them surrealism, because they don't feel quite like that, but I definitely wouldn't call them realism. They are dreamlike, but don't exactly feel like dreams either, or waking. They seem to be in some sort of boundary area between all of these things, straightforward though grasp of them is elusive. I'm just not entirely sure what to make of them, though I enjoyed reading them a great deal. I think these are stories that need at ...more
Frances Dinger
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prose style reminded me of something like a cross between the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales and Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler, which is to say this is an interesting, dense, sometimes entirely non-nonsensical collection of fairy tales for adults. I enjoyed this a lot more than Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, which was from the same press and had some very similar content. Levine is a highly empathetic writer but also isn't afraid to explore some of her characters' more despicable thoughts.
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stories
I reviewed this at Necessary Fiction ...more
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
wanted to like the stories in this book but it was difficult. seemed all over the place.
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Stacey Levine is the author of My Horse and Other Stories (PEN/West Award, 1994) and the novels Dra--- and Frances Johnson (Finalist, 2005 Washington State Book Award). A Pushcart Prize nominee and recipient of the 2009 Stranger Genius Award in Literature, her fiction has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, Fence, Tin House, The Fairy Tale Review, Yeti, and other venues. Levine has contributed to Am ...more

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