Live Stream: Writers at Home featuring Jen Fawkes author of Mannequin and Wife, in conversation with A.K. Benninghofen

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The Writers at Home reading series features work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review. This live stream event is free to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register. If you elect to attend, we will email you on the day of the event with the link and password required to attend on Zoom.

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In Mannequin and Wife, the debut story collection from Jen Fawkes, sharp and imaginative tales trip seamlessly across borderlands, navigating comedy and tragedy, psychological and magical realism, the mundane and the marvelous.

Readers of these adventurous fictions will encounter a flock of stenographers, the strongest woman alive, a taxidermist with anger issues, an Elephant Girl, a fairy on her lunch break, and a married couple who live with a department store mannequin. Elsewhere, an American actor impersonates a code-breaking Britisher during World War II. A mother awaiting her son's return discovers his personal ad soliciting the services of a cannibal (and fears the worst). A criminal mastermind's protégé plots the destruction of Mount Rushmore from within an extinct volcano. A man buys a drive-in theater and transforms it into a carnival sideshow. And an attorney puzzles over how to leave someone his deceased client's heart.

Fawkes's award-winning stories examine the vagaries of human relationships--mother and child, husband and wife, mentor and protégé--to tease out the startling complications that arise from our entanglements with those we loathe and those we love.

Jen Fawkes has published fiction and nonfiction in One Story, Crazyhorse, the Iowa Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review, Best Small Fictions 2020, and elsewhere. Her story collection Tales the Devil Told Me won the 2020 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction and is forthcoming in May 2021. She is a four-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and her stories have received awards from the Pinch, Washington Square Review, Harpur Palate, Salamander, and others. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and several imaginary friends.

A.K. Benninghofen’s fiction has appeared in Evergreen Review and Connotation Press. She lives in Asheville, NC with her family.

 

 

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Mannequin and Wife: Stories (Yellow Shoe Fiction) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780807173916
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: LSU Press - September 2nd, 2020