Fiction. Sisters Lark and Clef have spent their lives honing their bodies for sleight, an interdisciplinary art form that combines elements of dance, architecture, acrobatics, and spoken word. After being estranged for several years, the sisters are reunited by a deceptive and ambitious sleight troupe director named West who needs the sisters' opposing approaches to the form—Lark is tormented and fragile, but a prodigy; Clef is driven to excel, but lacks the spark of artistic genius. When a disturbing mass murder makes national headlines, West seizes on the event as inspiration for his new performance, one that threatens to destroy the very artists performing it. In language that is at once unsettling and hypnotic, SLEIGHT explores ideas of performance, gender, and family to ask the question: what is the role of art in the face of unthinkable tragedy?
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Kirsten Kaschock is the author of CONFESSIONAL SCI-FI: A PRIMER (Subito Press, 2017), UNFATHOMS (Slope Editions 2004), A BEAUTIFUL NAME FOR A GIRL (Ahsahta Press 2011), and The Dottery (University of Pittsburgh Press 2014—winner of the AWP Donald Hall Award for poetry). Coffee House Press released her debut novel SLEIGHT in 2011. She teaches at Drexel University and serves as editor-in-chief of thINKing DANCE, a consortium of dance writers in Philadelphia.Author City: PHILADELPHIA, PA USA