Cut Away

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Description

Cut Away is a novel that expertly entwines the lives of three characters struggling to understand the meaning of identity and its seeming mutability. Orbiting around the mystery of a missing teenager, a trio of narrators each tells her story in turn. Alexandra is a transgendered woman who has refused surgery and abandoned Los Angeles for a trailer at the desolate Salton Sea. Asa, the mother of the runaway, wants her grief-ridden face completely transformed. Eleanor, a plastic surgeon, is fascinated with surfaces and wonders whether visual harmony has the power to change what lies beneath. In a culture obsessed with transforming the body, do the incarnate fictions we create have the power to hide or reveal the truth of who we really are? This is a question that Catherine Kirkwood approaches in a stunning debut novel of desire, self-loathing, and the revisionary madness of our modern world.

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Arktoi
Publish Date
April 01, 2010
Pages
138
Dimensions
5.0 X 0.6 X 7.9 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780980040791
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About the Author

Catherine Kirkwood has a PhD in Women's Studies from the University of York and currently facilitates support groups for abused and formerly abused women.

Reviews

Like a surgeon's knife, Kirkwood's writing is precise, direct and unsentimental. Indeed, the novel cuts deeply.--Helena Maria Viramontes, author of "Their Dogs Came With Them"

Erotic, dark and intense . . . An original, thrilling debut.--Alexander Chee, author of "Edinburgh"
A story whose characters are intriguing, complicated, and all searching for something or someone. You can't help caring for them in the best possible way--without judgment; and you can't help reading on late into the night to unravel the intriguing connections between them.

--Judith Barrington
The vivid reality of the people and places keep us in their disturbing and beautiful world.

--Rachel Pollack, author of" The Tarot of Perfection A Book Of Tales"

Like a surgeon's knife, Kirkwood's writing is precise, direct and unsentimental. Indeed, the novel cuts deeply.

--Helena Maria Viramontes, author of "Their Dogs Came With Them"

Like a surgeon s knife, Kirkwood s writing is precise, direct and unsentimental. Indeed, the novel cuts deeply.

Helena Maria Viramontes, author of "Their Dogs Came With Them"
"

The vivid reality of the people and places keep us in their disturbing and beautiful world.

Rachel Pollack, author of" The Tarot of Perfection A Book Of Tales""

A story whose characters are intriguing, complicated, and all searching for something or someone. You can t help caring for them in the best possible way without judgment; and you can t help reading on late into the night to unravel the intriguing connections between them.

Judith Barrington"

Erotic, dark and intense . . . An original, thrilling debut.

Alexander Chee, author of "Edinburgh""

Like a surgeon s knife, Kirkwood s writing is precise, direct and unsentimental. Indeed, the novel cuts deeply.

Helena Maria Viramontes, author of Their Dogs Came With Them

"

The vivid reality of the people and places keep us in their disturbing and beautiful world.

Rachel Pollack, author of The Tarot of Perfection A Book Of Tales

"

A story whose characters are intriguing, complicated, and all searching for something or someone. You can t help caring for them in the best possible way without judgment; and you can t help reading on late into the night to unravel the intriguing connections between them.

Judith Barrington

"

Erotic, dark and intense . . . An original, thrilling debut.

Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh

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