Fiction. The title character of THE REVISIONIST conducts covert surveillance on a city whose inhabitants are subject to uncanny transformations as a result of catastrophic weather, political corruption, invasive technologies and environmental degradation. Hired to spin, or "revise," the facts, the revisionist's perceptions in turn become detached and distorted--inevitably unreliable yet all the same, revealing. This civil scientist of a narrator sardonically observes a distressed landscape inhabited by mutant children, a seeing-eye dog, a centenarian with iguanas and constellations beneath her dress, brooding frigate birds, insurance love clones, a terrorist curator, a private investigator, and a little girl who's discovered the world's largest conch. "THE REVISIONIST is at once a beautifully simple fable and a wonderfully lyrical apocalyptic tale"--Brian Evenson.
Miranda Mellis is the author of three books of fiction, most recently the collection NONE OF THIS IS REAL (Sidebrow Books, 2012) and the short story THE SPOKES (Solid Objects, 2012). Her novella THE REVISIONIST (Calamari Press, 2007) has been translated into Italian and Croatian and was a finalist for the 2007 Believer Book Award. Her chapbook of documentary poetics, Materialisms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), was published in 2009. She teaches at Evergreen State College, lives in Olympia, and co-edits THE ENCYCLOPEDIA PROJECT. She is a recipient of the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction and an NEH fellowship. Author City: OLYMPIA, WA USA