Winner of the second Starchrone Prize for Innovative FictionIn ';Hangings,' a young woman learns that her mother is dying and finds herself stalked by nightmarish figuresthe hideously transformed maiden, Arachne, an upside-down man in a Miro painting, and spiders that hatch and haunt the text like tumors.In ';Urbem,' Shope imagines an archetypal ancient city, that city beneath the pavement of all modern cities, in fantastic prose reminiscent of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities.Finally, ';Hagiographies' explores two intense female friendships, both of which are suddenly shattered, in a wildly inventive narrative proceeded by means of juxtaposed images rather than sequential events.

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