The Wilds

The Wilds

Book - 2014
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"At an obscure South Carolina nursing home, a lost world reemerges as a disabled elderly woman undergoes newfangled brain-restoration procedures and begins to explore her environment with the assistance of strap-on robot legs. At a deluxe medical spa on a nameless Caribbean island, a middle-aged woman hopes to revitalize her fading youth with grotesque rejuvenating therapies that combine cutting-edge medical technologies with holistic approaches and the pseudo-religious dogma of Zen-infused self-help. And in a rinky-dink mill town, an adolescent girl is unexpectedly inspired by the ravings and miraculous levitation of her fundamentalist friend's weird grandmother. These are only a few of the scenarios readers encounter in Julia Elliott's debut collection, The Wilds. In these genre-bending stories, teetering between the ridiculous and the sublime, Elliott's language-driven fiction uses outlandish tropes to capture poignant moments in her humble characters' lives. Without abandoning the tenets of classic storytelling, Elliott revels in lush lyricism, dark humor, and experimental play. "--
Publisher: Portland, Oregon :, Tin House Books,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781935639923
Branch Call Number: F ELL NVD
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 20 cm

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Zaelia
Oct 24, 2016

One of those books you pick up off the shelves because something about it calls to you. Yes, I guess I sometimes judge a book by its cover, and the book didn't disappoint. Each short story was somehow simultaneously familiar and completely new. Familiar, not that I knew where it was going or that I had ever experienced anything even close to the events portrayed, but familiar in that they explored the most human of experiences and with no veils covering often unspoken experiences and emotions - our insecurities, our biases, our difficult and sometimes horrible experiences. At first, I found the way the author ended the stories unsettling, but getting deeper into the pages and becoming more intimate with Julia's writing style, I found the endings rather satisfying. What started as an uncomfortable feeling reading these stories ended with anticipation for what was coming next and disappointment when the last story was finished. I'll definitely seek out more by this author and continue to wander the library shelves and pick up books based on its cover! [edit: this is the author's first book... so looking forward to seeing what she writes next!]

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