O Fallen Angel, Kate Zambreno

O Fallen Angel

Kate Zambreno

Publisher: Chiasmus Press
PubDate: 4/1/2010
ISBN: 9780615334554
Price: $14.95
Quantity Available: 43
Pages: 164
SKU #: F03B

Fiction. O FALLEN ANGEL is a triptych of modern-day America set in a banal Midwestern landscape, inspired by Francis Bacon's Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion. There is "Mommy," a portrait of housewife psychosis, cruelly and crudely drawn, fenced in by her own small mind. There is "Maggie," Mommy's unfortunate daughter whom she infects with fairytales, a Dora stuffed numb with pills, a casualty of gender roles and the DSM-IV. Then there is the mysterious martyr-figure Malachi, a Cassandra in army fatigues, the Septimus Smith to Mommy's Mrs. Dalloway, who stands at the foot of the highway holding signs of fervent prophecy, gaping at the bottomless abyss of the human condition, while SUVs scream past. Kate Zambreno's O FALLEN ANGEL commits an act of anarchic literary sacrilege that calls to mind the rant and rage of an American Elfriede Jelinek, an exorcism of the culture wars and pop-cultural debris, a sneering indictment of deaf ears, blind eyes, and mute mouths.

Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA

Kate Zambreno is an editor at Nightboat Books and a former senior editor of the Chicago alt-weekly, Newcity. Her reviews and essays have appeared in The Believer, Bookforum, Rain Taxi, and elsewhere. She also writes the literary blog, Frances Farmer Is My Sister, found at francesfarmerismysister.blogspot.com, which will inspire a collection of essays published by Semiotext(e)'s Active Agents series in Fall 2011. She currently teaches women's and gender studies in the Midwest.

Reviews and Other Links
S.L. Wisenberg in Chicago Reader
James Pate in Exoskeleton
Tom Lynch in Newcity Lit
excerpt in The Collagist
Interview with Blake Butler at HTMLGIANT
Adam Novy in Dossier
Kate Zambreno on Kate Zambreno @ WWAATD
Angela Simione in Blackland
Roz Ito in Supernumerary
A Wolfe in The Rumpus
author blog
interview by Anne K. Yoder @ The Millions
Angela Simione in Blackland Part 2
Bett Williams
Nicole Levitz @ Elevate Difference
Angela Stubbs @ The Nervous Breakdown
Review of Contemporary Fiction
Angela Stubbs @ The Collagist
Dennis Cooper's Books I Read Recently and Loved
Michael Schaub's Best Books of 2010 @ Bookslut
Michael Schaub @ Bookslut

“Like Angela Carter’s fairy tales, Kate Zambreno’s O FALLEN ANGEL deftly exposes the psychic brutality that lies underneath the smooth glassy surface of parable. Set in Midwestern America in approximately 2006, Zambreno’s character/archetypes—a Mommy who names her golden retriever after Scott Peterson’s murdered wife Laci, a daughter who signs her suicide note with a smiley face and a doomed psychotic prophet—are all agents and victims of disinformation, but this doesn’t make their pain any less real. In Zambreno’s SUV-era America, unhappiness doesn’t exist because it can be broken down into treatable diagnostic codes. As she writes, ‘Maggie wants to be FREE but she also wants to be LOVED and these are polar instincts, which is why she is bipolar, which is a malady of mood.’ A brilliant, hilarious debut.”
—Chris Kraus

“Haunting and visionary, Kate Zambreno’s O FALLEN ANGEL examines the suburban family with ruthless elegance. Here is a novel, done and undone, a brazen mirror reflecting the 21st century.”
—Lily Hoang