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Product Details

  • Series: Reflections of America Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Modern History Press; First edition (May 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193269062X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932690620
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,309,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tyler R. Tichelaar on June 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Reading Anya Achtenberg's novella "The Stories of Devil-Girl" is a unique experience. Describing "The Stories of Devil-Girl" is difficult. Readers really need to experience the language for themselves. To give a taste of the style, here is a passage from the novel's opening when Devil-Girl describes the circumstances of her birth in New York:

I was born here as the one I had violated during another lifetime, I'm sure of it. I was born here to walk the avenue between life and death. To fill out the forms of denial. To rave in the road and stop traffic with my stillness, as some do with their anger. To prowl the bootless alleyways, to drink the spoiled fluids of men. To flail beneath the Devil. To sprout breasts in the lunar lots of Bushwick, where the maws of an old Frigidaire caught my friend Penelope and she froze to a fetus, knees to lips, gray fists clenched.

Devil-Girl's first memory is of someone trying to strangle her--someone she later believes must be the mother who clearly does not want her. Her father is not much more friendly. When she leaves home and begins giving men what they want so she can survive, she compares herself to the monster in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" who was "unnatural, bereft of a determinable childhood." When Devil-Girl learns about Lilith, the woman in Jewish tradition depicted as Adam's first wife, driven from Eden as evil, she takes on a similar identity. Devil-Girl encounters perverts and sadists who relish the chance to use and abuse her. But despite her negative experiences, Devil-Girl has a hopeful spirit; she senses there is some good in her, and she becomes a kinder version of Lilith; while the mythical Lilith sought children to punish and kill, Devil-Girl will ultimately find others like her whom she can protect and nurture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 2booked~ on July 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
Reading Anya Achtenberg is like a sculptor creating something beautiful out of a lump of hard, cold stone. The chips of pain fall away as the narrator slowly escapes the confines of her childhood. Piece by piece fall away revealing more and more truths about life. Not since reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls have I felt the pain and torment of this kind of childhood. Eventually as the real person evolves we see the freedom that is in the heart really revealed. Lovely!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SharonID on July 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Anya Achtenberg wields words with the precision of a diamond cutter. The scalpel's edge of her pen cuts deep and true--to the heart, the soul, the bone. Devil-Girl flares through the murk of her world with an incandescent brilliance and effervescent honesty that will stay with you long after you put the book down. Compelling and poignantly triumphant.
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