Chavisa Woods' Books

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Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country

 

"This Book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat in the pantheon of critical twenty-first-century voices." —  Booklist

"[Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country is a] collection of eight uncompromising stories set in rural Illinois. In visceral descriptions of decay, boredom, and limited opportunities, (...) Woods’s characters struggle to eke out an identity, as they confront the bleak difficulties of their lives and persist in surviving."
- Publisher's Weekly

"Think of Woods as a literary exorcist, calling out certain entities that possess rural America: isolation, working-class poverty, drugs, incarceration, military dogma, and evangelical religion." — The Rumpus

"I can’t think of any other book that captures the essence of America the way this collection does—it is nuanced and provocative, heartfelt and funny and wise."  
Lambda Literary Review

 

 

Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country.
Woods, Chavisa (author).

May 2017. 224p. Seven Stories, hardcover, $23.95
 (9781609807450)



Chavisa Woods' Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country is part Flannery O'Connor, part Kelly Link: darkly funny and brilliantly human, urgently fantastical and implacably realistic. This is one of the best short story collections I've read in years, and it should be required reading for anyone who's trying to understand America in  2017." —Paul La Farge, author of The Night Ocean (Penguin)

“Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country” (Seven Stories Press, 2017; 200 pages) paints a vivid image of the bizarre characters that live on the fringes in America’s heartland. They don't do what you expect them to do. These aren't typical stories of triumph over adversity, but something completely other. It's "Murakami meets the meth heads" says National Book Foundation award winner, Samantha Hunt. "Reader, you have never before seen anything like this." 

The eight stories in this literary collection present a brilliantly surreal and sardonic landscape and language, and offer a periscope into the heart of the rural poor. Among the singular characters, you'll meet: a “zombie” who secretly resides in a local cemetery; a queer teen goth who is facing ostracism from her small town evangelical church; a woman who leaves New York City once a year to visit her little brothers in the backwoods Midwest, only to discover they’ve been having trouble with some meth dealers and UFOs that trouble the area. In the backdrop of all the stories are the endless American wars and occupations, overshadowed, for these characters, by the many early deaths of their friends and family, that occur regularly for a whole host of reasons.

 

The Albino Album (a novel)

“This book will grab you by the throat and not let up for 550 pages and when you’re finished you’ll wish you were back in its jaws.”- Lambda Literary Review, Sarah Rauch

 

The Albino Album
Seven Stories Press 2013
Distributed by Random House
560 pages
$19.95

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Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind

"Woods writes about love with a calloused hand, filling the spaces left by others. Her words etch a dotted line across your heart, instructing it precisely in where to break."   -Sabrina Chapadjiev (Cliterature, Live Through This: Women on Creativity and Self-Destruction)

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