The Ill-Fitting Skin

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Press 53
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.55 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author
Shannon Robinson's work has appeared in Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, Water-Stone Review, Nimrod, Joyland, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in fiction from Washington University in St. Louis, and in 2011 she was the Writer-in-Residence at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Other honors include the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts, a Hedgebrook Fellowship, a Sewanee Scholarship, and an Independent Artist Award from the Maryland Arts Council. Currently, she teaches creative writing and pedagogy at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore with her husband and son.

The stories in The Ill-Fitting Skin are funny, unflinching, and strange. The mundane and the magical rub together until they're transformed into pearls in Shannon Robinson's sharp and lucid prose. Mordant and morbid, these stories will stay with you and take up residence in a dark chamber of your heart.

-Katya Apekina, author of The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish and Mother Doll

Clever, harrowing, bitingly funny, imaginative, absurd, anatomical, and wise, these stories expertly shift from the magical realms of werewolves and zombies to the stark realities of trying to claw out a semblance of existence one can live with. Robinson's inventive tales are sure to delight admirers of Kelly Link and Aimee Bender.

-Melinda Moustakis, author of Homestead and Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories

With sharp insight, and heartbreaking humor, Shannon Robinson's stunning debut story collection explores desire, motherhood, and the way that every connection a woman makes can become both a way to be seen and a way to disappear. Robinson shifts seamlessly between approaching the world with a visceral clarity and building fantasy worlds that illuminate the strangeness of our own. The Ill-Fitting Skin is a biting, breathtaking catalogue of the many ways being a human can feel beastly.

-Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self and The Office of Historical Corrections