Brutal. Uncompromising. Magnificent. Complex. Unforgettable.
A timely debut short story collection that breaks open the idea of women from a powerful new Australian literary voice.
WILD, FEARLESS CHESTS is a collection of short stories that explore the idea of women, women in place, women as projections, women not as they actually are and as they are, women as they are imagined and fantasised about; as they are limited and defined by.
In a momentous and powerful time in our history, as women’s voices begin to rise and challenge the structures that men have built and benefited from at our expense, these brutal and uncompromising stories are a compelling reminder of the ways in which women have fallen, the way in which women have been dismissed, hurt, hated and loved from afar. They are the stories we have always known, always heard about, and those we often imagine we, as women, are just a short moment away from experiencing. They are yours, ours, mine. They are our booming anger, our wild love, our distortion on the page. They are the shaking ground beneath you. Your call to arms. Your readying.
WILD, FEARLESS CHESTS will break open the idea of women, it will be the sound of our certain revolution. Our power. Growing. Beneath. Our. Feet. We are boundless. We are ready.
‘As they reach the back door of the disco she sees his friend standing with one foot folded against the brick wall, smiling at them both. As they stand with him, the boy who has just made small bruises start to rise on her chest, tells his friend that she is all his, that he’s glad he went first, tells him to have fun. As he walks back into the disco she speaks, her voice low and quietly shameful in her sudden longing. She tells the boy with his hand now around her waist, that she just wants to go home.’
Frank Moorhouse said of one of the stories in this collection. ‘Drowning in Thick Airis shocking. It is also a powerful presentation of a totally marginalised girl and male cruelty (general cruelty of our species). It is not like anything I have read in recent years and takes me to a place I have never been in my life or imagination or in fiction.’