The very peculiar and human characters of SPLENDID ANATOMIES (short stories) by Allison Wyss live in, on, and far beyond the periphery, learning to love themselves as they claim and reclaim their bodies. They get tattoos, have radical operations, wear prostheses, even dig bloody veins from their legs. They hack themselves to pieces. But then they stitch themselves back up--in ways that are both glorious and painful. These stories, set in the lands of fables, in other universes, and even the Midwest, are grotesque and gory, menacing and magical, sad, funny, and true celebrations of what it means to live.
Fiction. Short Stories.
Allison Wyss has a thing about body modification, dismemberment, and fairy tales. Her stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, Water~Stone Review, Moon City Review, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from the University of Maryland. Some of her ideas about the craft of fiction can be found in a column she writes for the Loft Literary Center, where she also teaches classes. Splendid Anatomies is her first book.