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Storylandia 3, The Wapshott Journal of Fiction is pleased to present Dead Girl, Live Boy, a novella by Michelle Brooks. Dead Girl, Live Boy is an unflinching view of a haunted family landscape scattered with undetonated landmines that threaten the characters' fragile existences. Set in a crumbling Detroit as the millennium approaches, Dead Girl, Live Boy calls to mind the works of Hubert Selby Jr. and an urban Tennessee Williams. Brooks creates a darkly comic and claustrophobic world that warrants attention. Both despairing and hopeful, her novella succeeds as both a survivor's story and a cautionary tale.
About the Author
Michelle Brooks grew up in Mineral Wells, Texas, a place that is the home of every type of poisonous snake indigenous to the United States. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Iowa Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Orchid, Gargoyle, Hayden's Ferry Review, Natural Bridge, Nerve Cowboy, and elsewhere. Her poetry collection, Make Yourself Small, is forthcoming from Backwaters Press in early 2011. In her spare time, she watches the Detroit Pistons, says novenas, and is working on her new project, Motor City Burning Press. She has lived in Detroit since Devil's Night, 1997.