The stories in this prizewinning debut collection encompass train wrecks, circus acts, river journeys, transspecies transmogrification, and growing up and growing old around the small towns of Michigan. Without glamorizing poverty, Bonnie Jo Campbell details a vision in which shabbiness, beauty, brutality, and wisdom all coexist -- and yet the stories can be surprisingly optimistic, often funny. In "Sleeping Sickness ," a twelve-year-old copes with the sexually charged atmosphere at home by carefully tending her ...

Women & Other Animals: Stories 2002, Scribner Book Company, New York

ISBN-13: 9780743203074

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