Author Lâle Davidson will join us to autograph copies of her two books the award winning collection Strange Appetites and her acclaimed new novel Blue Woman Burning.
Strange Appetites - Winner of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s People’s Choice Award.
A sister is discovered living inside her sister’s chest cavity, and after extraction, she wants to go back; a woman accidentally walks through walls and finds her newfound intimacy offends her friends. Romping the surreal landscape of internal reality, this mournful and droll collection of very short stories explores the yearning for intimacy and transcendence.
“Enter this cabinet of wonders to find your mind and spirit expand. While the concerns and struggles are familiar — loneliness, troubled marriages, envy, hungers of various sorts —these fabulist tales shed fresh light, producing strange and tasty blooms.” —Ron MacLean, author of We Might as Well Light Something on Fire
“The places her metaphors take us are intimate and quiet—the damp space under stones, the mushrooms that grow in forests.” —Dana Diehl, The Collagist
Blue Woman Burning
On the altiplano between Chile and Bolivia, Fallon’s family witnesses their mother magically disappear. The inexplicable nature of their loss marks each family member in a different way. For Fallon it is the first step toward adulthood. For her brilliant and troubled older brother, it is an abandonment from which he never recovers. Thirteen years later, back in the United States, Fallon is about to conquer self-doubt and apply to medical school, when another mysterious event shatters her reality. The crisis catapults her across the country on a quest to find the truth. What she discovers changes everything.
Blurring boundaries between make-believe and fact, Blue Woman Burning, asks what is real, what is invented? How can we move forward if what passes for reality is only a matter of perception? This is a novel for our time, as the conflict between what we choose to believe and what is true plays out in modern American life.
“Lâle Davidson’s Blue Woman Burning is at once a road novel, a mystery, and a wise meditation on family and the way hurt begets hurt. As propulsive as its plot is, though, it’s Davidson’s wondrous, penetrating, eloquent prose that will stick with readers. This book is that rare thing: a page-turner that can and should be savored.” – Gabriel Blackwell, editor of The Collagist, and author of CORRECTION and editor of The Rupture
“Blue Woman Burning is magical realism at its best. When Fallon’s mother vanishes in the desert one day, it sends her on a heartbreakingly beautiful quest to understand the mysteries of life, and of her own family. This is an inspiring coming of age story with a smash bang ending you won’t see coming.” – Matt Witten, television writer for House and bestselling author of The Necklace.
Lâle Davidson’s novel Blue Woman Burning will be published by Red Penguin Books in the fall of 2021. Her collection of short stories Strange Appetites won the Adirondack Center for Writing’s People’s Choice Award for 2016. Her stories have appeared in The North American Review, Eclectica, and Gone Lawn among others. She was a finalist for the Franz Kafka Award issued by Doctor T.J. Eckleburgh Review as well as the Black Lawrence Chapbook Contest of 2015 and The Talking Writing Award for humorous writing advice. Her story “The Opal Maker” was named top fifty of 2015 very short fiction publications by Wigleaf. She is a Distinguished Professor who has taught writing for 27 years at a community college where she recently received the Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities (2018). Her opinions are hers alone and do not represent the opinions of anyone with whom she is affiliated.
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