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Animal Acts, Animal Acts, 0932511155, 0-932511-15-5, 978-0-932511-15-7, 9780932511157, , , Animal Acts, 0932511163, 0-932511-16-3, 978-0-932511-16-4, 9780932511164,

Animal Acts

1988. 163 pp.
Price:  $24.95 t
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1988. 163 pp.
Price:  $15.95 t

A startling vision of the familiar terrain of intimate relationships
The eleven stories in Animal Acts describe characters navigating an unsteady course through the turbulence of sexual desire. Set in unmistakably American landscapes—from sprawling West Coast cities to the dry, dusty scrub of rural Southern California—the work is populated by gym teachers, aging flower children, secretaries and artists—most of them strong, willful women.
The narrator of the title story holds the guests at a party spellbound with her fantastic retelling of another woman's perverse life—which may, in fact, be her own—thereby seducing a man who has previously eluded her.
Mazza’s arresting narrative structures and sharp sense of the absurd make for a dazzling debut collection.
Cris Mazza is an American novelist, short story and non-fiction writer. She directs the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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