Bearded Women: Stories
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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Review: Bearded Women StoriesUser Review - Alexis - Goodreads
Started this book before Christmas, but finished it after. It's a collection of stories featuring bearded women, siamese twins, and people with other physical or emotional oddities. (Holes in their ... Read full review
Review: Bearded Women StoriesUser Review - Nancy Baker - Goodreads
Excellent collection of short stories whose main characters are what might be called freaks but whose concerns are familiar to most of us (love, aging, infertility, parents, siblings). There is a cool, matter-of-fact tone to the prose but that only heightens the emotional impact. Read full review