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The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals: Stories by Rae Bryant Paperback – June 24, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Patasola Press (June 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615496962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615496962
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rae Bryant’s stories have appeared in BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review), Opium Magazine, and PANK, among other publications and have been nominated and short-listed for several awards. She has work forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, Gargoyle Magazine and other journals. Rae has received Fellowships from the VCCA and Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a Masters in Writing and the Outstanding Graduate Award. She will attend the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Conference on Craft in Florence, Italy as a JHU Fellow. Advance Praise for Rae Bryant “Rae Bryant’s stories yank at you over and over, desperate to give you the clue you never had and to point you, by what’s left out, to a spot on this good earth where the heart might flourish. Getting there is your business, she seems to say, and she doesn’t hold out much hope of your arrival, or of hers. Is it fun? Not so much. Is it necessary? Absolutely.” —Frederick Barthelme “Will make you simultaneously laugh and cringe at the squeamish awkwardness of post-one night stand intimacies…witty…strangely fantastical and familiar.”— Flavorwire “Rae Bryant’s fiction is smart and sexy and post-feminist and dangerous and akin to doing the tango with a succubus. Do you feel lucky? Part Hannah Tinti, part Kim Addonizio—with enough intense characters, flashy dreams, and edgy visions to entangle your heart and skull for eons. Bite into these thorny stories, before they sink their teeth into you.”— Richard Peabody, Editor Gargoyle Magazine “Addictive; the rawness, messiness, unattractive infection of love that can cause a woman to gnaw off her arm to sneak away from her sleeping lover. It’s no surprise to find, among these stories, a new Wonder Woman, with a whip. Ah, you say: of course.” — Karen Heuler, Author of Journey to Bom Goody, recipient of the O’Henry award. “Reading Rae Bryant can be a harrowing experience; hers is a harsh world without wrong or right. But as you make your way through, pains and pleasures meet and build, until it’s like drowning in a lake of silver light.” — Ben Loory, Author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dockstone on August 15, 2011
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This book knocks your socks off from the first page. There is sex, violence, self-violence, self-sabotage, the inevitability of failure. It's a book by a woman about the reality of women and relationships today, though set in often surreal and strange environments, or at times even involve strange things that would never be possible (at times Kafka-esque in quality, yet reminiscent of Sylvia Plath's poetry as well). The pieces are short, gripping, and entertaining. You should read this. You will love it.
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Rae Bryant's short story collection, The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals, is bold, the "stories yank at you over and over, desperate to give you the clue you never had and to point you, by what's left out, to a spot on this good earth where the heart might flourish. Getting there is your business, she seems to say, and she doesn't hold out much hope of your arrival, or of hers. Is it fun? Not so much. Is it necessary? Absolutely" (Frederick Barthelme).

Her stories have appeared in BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review), Opium Magazine, and PANK, among other publications and have been nominated and short-listed for several awards. She has work forthcoming in Story Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, and Gargoyle Magazine among other journals. Rae has received Fellowships from the VCCA and Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a Masters in Writing. Read more at www.raebryant.com.