AUXILIARY SKINS: A COLLECTION OF STORIES
Christine Miscione. 160 pages.
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Existing somewhere in that chasm between bodily function and souledness, Christine Miscione’s debut collection Auxiliary Skins illumines all that’s perilous, beautiful and raw about being human. From the surgically gutted, to the racially transformed, to a story of self-excision that won Miscione the Exile/Vanderbilt Award for short fiction–this collection is chock-full of razor blades masquerading as lemon tarts and everything in between.

"A dazzling debut: This is honest, impressive, visceral writing, stylistically polished, full of punch." –Telegraph Journal

"Deeply felt prose... a spare control that turns the reader’s imagination loose, stories in which serious moments of childlike whimsy seem sardonically aged, stories in which the death of anything is a revelation of the life that is in everything...." –M.T. Kelly, Governor General Award winner

"Christine Miscione’s laboratory are sometimes twisted and grotesque, occasionally beautiful, often frustrating and challenging and audacious. A few are even heartbreaking. But they are always magnificent mutants. Canadian literature would be enriched by more such laboratories!" –Stuart Ross, author of Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew and Buying Cigarettes for the Dog

 


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