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Annie Oakley's Girl

Annie Oakley's Girl (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Brown, Rebecca

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Rebecca Brown is the author of The Terrible Girls, The Gifts of the Body, What Keeps Me Here, and The Dogs.

ISBN 9780872862791
Barcode 9780872862791
Published 1 May 1993 by City Lights Books
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ISBN-13 9780872862791
ISBN-10 0872862798
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher City Lights Books
Imprint City Lights Books
Publication Date 1 May 1993
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Brown, Rebecca
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 154
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 201mm
Spine: 13mm
Weight 199g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Rebecca Brown is the author of The Terrible Girls, The Gifts of the Body, What Keeps Me Here, and The Dogs.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Obsession, jealousy, and thoughts of death are the essence of this surrealistic short story collection by Brown (The Terrible Girls, City Lights, 1992). In the title story, 'Annie,' a young girl is obsessed with Annie Oakley and everything Western, but obsession turns to disappointment when Annie Oakley arrives in the big city to promote Western fashions. In 'Folie a Deux,' a couple becomes blind and deaf to share each other's senses and isolate themselves from the outside world. This experiment creates a dependency that destroys their relationship. 'A Good Man' is the moving story of a young man dying of AIDS and his friendship with a woman who will not desert him during his illness. In 'The Death of Napoleon,' a woman becomes obsessed with the image of killing Napoleon, who is really a symbol for the lover she distrusts. Recommended for public libraries. -Library Journal
US Review Brown's fourth (The Terrible Girls, 1992, etc.) mixes fantasy, conjecture, and some realism in seven stories that feature atmospheric neo-feminist allegories and fables. The two longest pieces are the most striking: Annie (originally published in Adam Mars-Jones's Mae West is Dead: Recent Lesbian & Gay Fiction) is about the narrator's love affair with Annie Oakley - it's part historical pastiche, part touching daydream, and part biting satire. Juxtaposing the narrator's western daydreams with grittier realism, Brown manages to force upon her narrator the kind of rude awakening best displayed by Tim O'Brien in Going after Cacciato. She also has a good deal of fun along the way: in one instance, Annie Oakley signs autographs at Saks - the release of her authorized biography coincides with the arrival of the special line of new fall fashions - Annie Oakley Western Wear. A Good Man (which first appeared in Joan Nestle and Naomi Holoch's Women on Women II) is a tribute to a decent man dying of AIDS, nursed off and on by his lesbian friend; the striking Folie a Deux posits a couple who deliberately cripple themselves - one deaf, one blind - so that Each of us had something the other didn't have ; and the remaining four stories, published in Britain in 1984, are dreamlike fables. In the best, Love Poem, the narrator and you, an artist (the second person becomes a tic in several of these), sneak into the Tate and destroy the artist's work; The Joy of Marriage is a touching but ideological look at a honeymoon; Grief is about a woman sent off by her clique to a foreign country - she never returns. Occasionally moving, the story's too obliquely personal to make enough sense to a wider audience. Imagistic, edgy fictions about postmodern longing in a world off its screws - and where sadness seems to be a woman's only fate. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Rebecca Brown is the author of a dozen books of prose including THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU, THE END OF YOUTH, THE DOGS, THE TERRIBLE GIRLS (City Lights) and THE GIFTS OF THE BODY (HarperCollins).

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