Chavisa Woods' Books

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100 Times, (A Memoir of Sexism)

"This book makes its case in stark, personal terms." - The New York Times

"With her forthright, stark style, Woods reveals and examines the abuse she and so many other women have endured." - LA Weekly


"Woods reminds readers that there is no such thing as reverse sexism in a world where women are so systematically oppressed. Brilliant and simple, this is sure to advance understanding of a topic of intense national reckoning." – Booklist

"Fascinating, horrific but also sometimes hilarious." -The Stranger

“Woods indicts not just men and boys for (sexist) aggression, but also the culture that allows this type of behavior to continue.” -Bomb Magazine

“This text is not only a vital read for those who have experienced gender violence, but also for those looking to enact real allyship and create real change in the world. I suspect this text will become a vital tool for teaching, reclaiming, and collectively mourning for years to come.” -Lambda Literary


In 100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism) Shirley Jackson Award-winning author, Chavisa Woods presents one hundred personal stories of sexist harassment, discrimination, and assault she has experienced and witnessed, beginning at age five, up to the present day.

Woods lays out clear and unflinching personal vignettes that build in intensity as the number of times grows. Individually, and especially taken as a whole, these stories amount to powerful proof that sexual violence and discrimination are never just one-time occurrences, but part of a constant battle all women face every day.

 

In these extraordinary pages, sexual violence and sexist discrimination occur regardless of age, in all spheres of society, in rural and urban areas alike, in the US and abroad, from Woods' youth through adulthood. Demonstrating how often people are conditioned to endure sexism and harassment, and how thoroughly men feel entitled to women’s spaces and bodies, 100 Times forces the reader to witness the myriad ways in which sexism and misogyny continuously shape women’s lives, and are built-in facets of our society.

 

100 Times, (A Memoir of Sexism), 240 pages, will be release by Seven Stories Press (An imprint of Penguin/Random House) June 25th, 2019.

 

 
Cover art by Kiki Smith
 
 

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Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country

 

Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award.

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

" These eight uncompromising stories (give us) 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

“You can say that these stories seem like they were ready made for a post 2017 election but they were written during the Obama presidency; the experience of America that many people have woken up to in the last six months is the America that has been happening since the beginning of this country. Chavisa Woods writes with vision and experience from “this moment between” delivering us into the world that’s always been here.”  — Electric Lit

"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

"Woods' tone brings a certain frankness that makes everything from the banal to the patently ridiculous seem utterly believable."- Pop Matters

"These are weird tales, well-told, deliciously funny (...)What most haunts the protagonists assembled in these excellent stories is a sense of guilt, the dark side effect of American exceptionalism."- DecomP Magazine

 

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." 
 

Synopsis: 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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