Bearded Women: Stories

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ChiZine Publications, 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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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

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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


Biancas Body
The Shell
Mr Chicken
Seventeen Episodes in the Life of a Giant
To Fill
Things Ive Been Meaning to Tell You
Acknowledgements and Gifts

Butterfly Women
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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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