Mannequin and Wife: Stories


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LSU Press
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5.51 X 8.5 X 0.48 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Jen Fawkes is the author of Mannequin and Wife: Stories (LSU Press, Sept. 2020), and the forthcoming Tales the Devil Told Me (Press 53, May 2021), winner of the 2020 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in One Story, Lit Hub, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, Joyland, The Rumpus, Best Small Fictions 2020, and other venues. She is the winner of numerous prizes, including the 2019 Pinch Award in Fiction and the 2019 John Gardner Memorial Fiction Prize from Harpur Palate. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and several imaginary friends.


Mannequin and Wife is magical in every sense of the word. These stories are eerie, funny, sharp, strange, devastating, joyous, brilliant--larger than life. I loved each one so much I never wanted it to end, until the next one started. A bravura debut from a bold new talent.--Clare Beams, author of The Illness Lesson
The stories in Mannequin and Wife have the blaze of immediacy about them, like creatures from some other plane of reality who have broken temporarily and all at once into being, displaying the whole of their life in a single burst. It's not a matter of length, this immediacy, but of attitude, receptivity. How fortunate for us that Jen Fawkes has her eyes open wide, trained in just the right direction to see the things that no one else is seeing.--Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead
The stories in Mannequin and Wife are lapel-grabbers, brimming with urgency and conviction. They are also deeply imagined, elegantly constructed, and emotionally rich. Jen Fawkes is a lively and most convincing storyteller, and her debut deserves attention.--Chris Bachelder, author of The Throwback Special, finalist for the National Book Award
These stories are deep dives into dark waters, full of both treachery and beauty. Jen Fawkes has a boundless imagination, and these stories, full of ghosts, carnival performers, murderers, seekers, lovers, and even talking piñatas, surprise and enchant.--Caitlin Horrocks, author of The Vexations and This Is Not Your City