Odd Beauty, Strange Fruit Odd Beauty, Strange Fruit

Odd Beauty, Strange Fruit

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Publisher Description

A Southerner by birth, Susan Swartwout's history and writing are steeped in the gothic elements of quotidian life in the Deep South, a celebration of difference and the uncommon—odd beauties who embellish our plain lives. These poems explore the lives of freaks—celebrities of Southern fairs' sideshows—such as conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker's married lives, the Fat Lady's work schedule, Tom Thumb’s Barnum-warped ego, all parallel to the hidden desires, plots, and jealousies of the rest of us. Our exterior normality belies the internal twisted landscapes—how complicity and silence echo abuse, how depression infects entire families, how a five-year-old learns to use words as weapons, how human need dispels language's boundaries. From circus oddities to real-life boogeymen, from Louisiana to a Central American village, earth has no dearth of the gothic's strange fruit, illuminating the complexity of what it is to be human.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2015
October 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
44
Pages
PUBLISHER
Brick Mantel Books
SELLER
Draft2Digital, LLC
SIZE
2.4
MB

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