From the Back Cover
Fairy Tale Heroines, Freed
Jeannine Hall Gailey's third book, Unexplained Fevers, frees fairy tale heroines from their glass coffins and towers while simultaneously looking at the traps that contemporary women encounter - body image, drug abuse, illness - and how to find power and freedom beyond these limitations. Gailey's trademark wit, charm and energy fill these pages with stories of forests and seascapes, mythical creatures, and the allure of the forbidden.
"Unexplained Fevers plucks the familiar fairy tale heroines and drops them into alternate landscapes. Unlocking them from the old stories is a way to "rescue the other half of [their] souls." And so Sleeping Beauty arrives at the emergency room, Red Riding Hood reaches the car dealership, and Rapunzel goes wandering in the desert - their journeys, re-imagined in this inventive collection of poems, produce other dangers, betrayals and nightmares, but also bring forth great surprise and wonder."
- Rigoberto González, author of Black Blossoms
"Unexplained Fevers begins with that most familiar of phrases, "Once upon a time," but the world we find inside these covers is deeply defamiliarized. Trapped by physical ills, cultural expectations, and the constraints of marriage, these heroines interrogate the world and propel themselves through it with cunning and sass. We follow, for example, Jack and Jill though a prose poem where they "somehow turned thirty without thunderous applause," after having sworn they "would follow each other anywhere, but anywhere turned out to be a lot like Ohio." At the center of these poems - urgent, mysterious, evocative - we find the great topic of all fairy tales, transformation. Read Unexplained Fevers, and be transformed."
- Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Unmentionables