A short critique of Meg Elison’s Big Girl and other works
Hooray! Snap actually finished a book!
And I am very pleased with this one!
In fact, I think I’ve found a new writer to love!
Which, of course, means more books to add to my ever-growing list.
But so be it.
‘Cuz this girl’s got it, yo.
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Big Girl* by Meg Elison (2020)
*Okay! So, I should begin by saying this is a short anthology of some of Elison’s work, published by PM Press. It’s Number 25 in their Outspoken Authors series. In addition to the titular story, there are six other excellent pieces of hers to enjoy.
Oh. And you should definitely check out PM Press.
Yes? Good? On we go!
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In the spirit of this short collection (It’s 111 pages) I’ll keep this review short and sweet.
Meg Elison is friggin’ awesome.
She’s a good writer. Very good.
Her fiction is bizarre, yet eerily not-so-outlandish.
Her work is carefully constructed, with descriptions that made me wish I had written them.
And as the name Big Girl suggests, the selections in this volume artfully explore the absolutely fucked-up, we’ll-do-anything-not-to-be-fat culture in which we live.
As I read this book, I was reminded to live my friggin’ life.
“Katya looked as beautiful as ever. She wore her blonde hair up and out of her face in the frank privilege of her own home. She used the same mandated cosmetics as any woman Omar had seen in recent months, but she seemed more skilled with it. A few times, Omar had glimpsed faces through the windows of women’s motorpools, their mouths like sore pink slashes, their eyes buttered in black. Almost as if they used their requirements with menace rather than compliance” (Elison, 2020).
Dude. Read this book.
And meanwhile, I’ll just be ordering all of her other work!
Happy Reading, friends.
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