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  • Tin House Books.
  • Imported from USA.

Teetering between the ridiculous and the sublime, The Wilds
blends Southern gothic strangeness with dystopian absurdities,
sci-fi speculations, and fairy-tale transformations.

At an obscure South Carolina nursing home, a lost world
reemerges as a disabled elderly woman undergoes newfangled
brain-restoration procedures and begins to explore her
environment with the assistance of strap-on robot legs. At a
deluxe medical spa on a nameless Caribbean island, a middle-aged
woman hopes to revitalize her fading youth with grotesque
rejuvenating therapies that combine cutting-edge medical
technologies with holistic approaches and the pseudo-religious
dogma of Zen-infused self-help. And in a rinky-dink mill town, an
adolescent girl is unexpectedly inspired by the ravings and
miraculous levitation of her fundamentalist friend’s weird
grandmother. These are only a few of the scenarios readers
encounter in Julia Elliott’s debut collection The Wilds. In her
genre-bending stories, Elliott blends Southern gothic strangeness
with dystopian absurdities, sci-fi speculations with fairy-tale
transformations. Teetering between the ridiculous and the
sublime, Elliott’s language-driven fiction uses outlandish tropes
to capture poignant moments in her humble characters’ lives.
Without abandoning the tenets of classic storytelling, Elliott
revels in lush lyricism, dark humor, and experimental play.

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