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Product Details

  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Dzanc Books (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936873702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936873708
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,598,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Freak Chronicles is a miracle of a story collection: passionately political and a shout of ambivalence about political passion, intensely personal and furiously global." --Lauren Groff, author of Arcadia, The Monsters of Templetonand Delicate Edible Birds
 
"These stories take your breath away not only by the urgency of their concerns, to which we can all relate, but by the sheer panorama of the settings in which they occur. . ." -- Roman Gladstone, Chamber Four

"Witty, vernacular stories about people on the edge. . ." Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

About the Author

Jennifer Spiegel is the author of The Freak Chronicles (short stories) and Love Slave (a novel). She also blogs at "Bosco's Going Down," and she's half of Snotty Literati with Lara Smith.  She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She reads a lot, tries to buy mostly organic food, and drinks strong coffee with cream. Visit her at jenniferspiegel.com.

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Jennifer Spiegel has an MA in Politics from New York University, and an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Arizona State. She teaches college classes and writes. She is the author of two books, THE FREAK CHRONICLES (June 2012, Dzanc Books) and LOVE SLAVE (September 2012, Unbridled Books). She lives with her husband and two kids in Arizona. Please visit her at www.jenniferspiegel.com.

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Jennifer Spiegel is a fiction writer and English professor. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She reads a lot, tries to buy mostly organic food, and drinks strong coffee with cream. She may stop coloring her hair soon, but there's no guarantee. You can find links to stories and quite a bit more information at www.jenniferspiegel.com.

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What a fabulous collection of stories.
T.B. Chicago
Spiegel does a great job developing characters with such little writing.
Matthew New
Each story was captivating and kept me longing for more.
MP

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brent Allard on August 12, 2012
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The characters in these stories struggle to find basic connections although the world doesn't stop to give them time to think. Some of them are alienated in every way, placed in strange countries, surrounded by unfamiliar cultures, with guides as out of place as they are. Even those on familiar ground feel out of place. Time passes and people lose touch. Sometimes something as seemingly slight as a fascination with Mickey Rourke is enough to taint a relationship, while other times, two people with nothing in common can endure due to a belief in commitment. Spiegel frequently returns to the question of "what is enough." With everything that is wrong in the world, (and all the lost people) does it make a difference to "send five girls to school and there are five thousand others who stay home..." as the characters in the story "ZigZag Bridge" ask themselves. Is it only sensible if "good" wins in the end? I'd like to know. It's a pleasure to follow along as these people try work it all out, or at the very least find a way to live with it. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MP on July 7, 2012
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The Freak Chronicles is a book of brilliant short stories. I wasn't sure what to expect when I cracked this book open, but I can assure you I was not let down, not in the slightest. It starts with Goodbye, Madagascar, which has to be my favorite short story of the book, next to a few others (Missing Northern, Zigzag Bridge, just to name a few), this story had to be finished in one sitting, there was no stopping once I started it. I couldn't put the book down. Each story was captivating and kept me longing for more. Jennifer Spiegel's stories caused me to be more thoughtful about some important questions concerning life. I have never read a book like this before, but I want more. I can't wait for her next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heath on October 28, 2014
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Jennifer Spiegel’s ‘The Freak Chronicles’ made me aware of my own oddities, my anxieties, and even the uncomfortable-ness of living inside this human shell—and I was thankful for it. I laughed at relatable experiences, even if those experiences deal with the low-flicker heat in the bedroom, as in the case of Spiegel’s story, ‘Missing Northern’. A newly mother notices intimacy changes. “When we first got married, I had this elaborate theory on how sleeping in the nude fostered intimacy,” the protagonist goes on, “The other night, when I rolled over and bumped into him, I discovered boxers and a tee” (245). Spiegel’s sentences are tight, packed with character descriptions and just enough information to keep you guessing on the story development. I found myself jumping to each story with intensity. Her unique premises, couple with pinching wit and psychological involvement gave me constant inspiration to accept this gritty existence with spaces of calm for reflection. I thoroughly enjoyed these short stories and will continue to seek out more of Spiegel’s work.
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