(From the publisher):
In this debut collection of short stories told in lush, humid prose the protagonists are all young women, many of them teens, trying to survive the extreme situation. There is Hatchet, accused by her Lakota brethren of being an FBI informer; Trout, a fundamentalist Christian with four children and another on the way; Kimchee, a Korean orphan; and Jasmina, imported from the Balkans for the sex trade. In "Fire Maidens, '57," Monarch helps her father sick from the radioactive "death dust" kill himself. This is the above ground atomic bomb testing Nevada of the 1950s. "A Lynching in Stereoscope" is told in two first person accounts.
Ciz and Jelly weave an interlocking narrative of a woman lynched in 1930s Arkansas and a home health aide who discovers that the elderly brother and sister she’s caring for did more than witness the event as children. In the title story "Road of Five Churches," two grifters, a mother and daughter who wander the south selling bogus vacuum sweepers, are revealed to be a grown missing toddler and the woman who abducted her. "Amiga Mom from Planet Iraq" tells the homecoming of Sgt. Bethany Telecky, a disabled Iraq War Veteran, whose job was detonating bombs in a country wanting to "blow itself up into smaller and smaller bits of dirt and dust." She loses her left arm and part of her face in an IED explosion. An intense, lively read, often darkly humorous, these stories never fail to lyrically entertain.
- A Caterpillar Feeds the Giant Squid
- A Lynching in Stereoscope
- Road of Five Churches
- Fire Maidens, ’57
- Leaping Elk Shootout
- Amiga Mom from Planet Iraq
Original title: Road of Five Churches
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
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