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- DescriptionAlice is a motherless child, born to a motherless child, and raised with neither care r grace. Her response to this multiple abandonment is a lifelong obsession with her best friend Ingrid, or Thingy, as Alice calls her, and a sort of fantastic narcissism wherein she figures herself as the nexus of a supernatural world she understands through a blend of mountain lore, indigeus Cherokee legend, and the dangerous idiom of the fairy-tale girl who enters the forest despite being warned. The vel is written in blended parts and is crafted as an address to Thingy's daughter, Ingrid the Second, who is w in Alice's care. Alice attempts to tell Ingrid the story of her life: her friendship with Thingy; her troubled relationships with her father, a small-town sexual troubadour; her stepmother, a hard-minded business woman who treats all interactions as commerce; her marriage to her husband Jacob, a silent figure of tremendous will; and her growing suspicion that Ingrid is ather girl-child around whom disaster accumulates. Simultaneously, Alice tells the child the kind of bedtime stories she herself has used to make sense of her world. For Alice, and thus in Hex, the line between fantasy and reality is nexistent, the mountain is older than its geology, and the world a limbo in which everything that has ever happened is coming around again. Hex is a vel about violence-the violence of the fist, of the womb, of the story. It is also a vel about language and how we use it to build a world when the one we find around us is irretrievably broken.
- Author BiographySarah Blackman is the director of creative writing at the Fine Arts Center, a magnet arts high school in Greenville, South Carolina, and a fiction editor at Diagram. Her debut collection of short fiction, Mother Box and Other Tales, won the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2012.
- Author(s)Sarah Blackman
- PublisherThe University of Alabama Press
- Date of Publication30/03/2016
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationNormal
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFiction Collective Two
- Weight454 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine28 mm
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