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Auxiliary skins : a collection of stories
Miscione, Christine, 1986- , author.
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Short stories. Selections
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Holstein, Ontario : Exile Editions Ltd., 2013.
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156 pages ; 21 cm
This inventive, assured, and accessible collection of short stories couples emotional depth with great technical skill, and peels back layers to expose the strange and the unexpected, the whimsical and the grotesque. Using satire, humour and irony, this provocative collection challenges conventional ideas of the body, the world, and our relationships with ourselves and others.
Skin, just -- Breached heredity -- Roidal conundrum -- Timorous in love -- Interlude at night -- Winter immemorial -- Broken swift -- His July 13 at Mega Supermarket -- Plungers, porcelain, and paltry things -- Herkimer -- Uterine kisses -- Lemon tart -- Balloons -- So long, Bibbly Bobbly.
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Existing somewhere in that chasm between bodily function and souled-ness, Christine Miscione's debut collection illumines all that is perilous, beautiful, and raw about being human and brings a new voice to contemporary literature. From the surgically gutted and the racially transformed to the story of self-excision that won the Vanderbilt/Exile Award for short fiction, this anthology is chock-full of razor blades masquerading as lemon tarts and everything in between. The writing and its use of imagery and language is innovative and calls into question the definition of a short story by challenging previous notions of the convention in terms of length, style, and plot. Inventive, assured, and accessible, the stories pair emotional depth with great technical skills and peel back layers to reveal the strange, the wondrous, and the unexpected. This provocative collection reimagines ideas of the body, the world, interiority, and relationships with the self and with others through a satiric approach, indelibly marked by wit, humor, irony, playfulness, irreverent analysis, and comic existentialism.

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Christine Miscione is a short story writer and the recipient of a Hamilton Arts Award for writing. Her work has appeared in 529: An Anthology , The CVC Short Fiction Anthology Series: Book Two , ELQ/Exile: The Literary Quarterly , The Puritan , and This Magazine . She lives in Dundas, Ontario.