Bearded Women: Stories

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Harper Collins, Apr 24, 2012 - Fiction - 250 pages
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Welcome to the contemporary Freak Show. A woman trying to have a child has a parasitic twin, an extra lower torso, and set of legs named Bianca—should she have "Bianca's Body" removed to improve her chances at conception? A bearded lady considers coming out of the closet about her hirsute nature, while carrying on a battle of wills with an overeating patron in "Mr. Chicken." A woman with four ears gets a chance to make extra money as the mascot of a tattoo parlour, and encounters a middle-aged, cookie-baking stalker who believes she is a sign that the end of the world is nigh. Meet the "freaks"—they're mothers, wives, and lovers: all of them trying negotiate a world that is quicker to stare than sympathize.

  

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User Review  - Pavarti Tyler - Goodreads

Beautiful collection full of insight and grace. I'm overwhelmed by the talent of the author here. Thank you! Looking forward to finding more work by her! Read full review

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User Review  - Ian Mond - Goodreads

If you'd like to hear - rather than read - my thoughts on Bearded Women Stories, please visit episode 35 of The Writer and The Critic podcast with my co-host Kirstyn McDermott http://writerandcritic.podbean.com/20... Read full review

Contents

Biancas Body
The Shell
Mr Chicken
Cyclops
Snakes
Seventeen Episodes in the Life of a Giant
Ears
Combust
Markings
To Fill
Skin
Holes
Things Ive Been Meaning to Tell You
Mothers
Copyrights
Acknowledgements and Gifts

Three
Butterfly Women
About the Author
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Teresa Milbrodt received her MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University, and her MA in American Culture Studies from the same institution. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, and several have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, where she lives with her husband, Tristan, and her cat, Aspen. When she’s not conjuring gorgons and cyclopses at her laptop, she enjoys cooking, sewing, and questing for the perfect cup of coffee.

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