Kodi Scheer, author of Incendiary Girls: Stories, on tour April 2014

Posted By on December 18, 2013

INCENDIARY GIRLS - Final Cover - Hi-ResAbout Incendiary Girls: Stories

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Little A/New Harvest (April 8, 2014)

Kodi Scheer’s debut story collection INCENDIARY GIRLS explores our baser instincts with vivid imagination and dark humor. With sharp and tender language, Scheer interrogates our expectations of reality, melding the surreal – visions of humans transforming into animals – with the emotions of everyday. In these stories, our bodies become strange and unfamiliar terrain, a medium for transformation. In “Fundamental Laws of Nature,” a doctor considers her legacy, both good and bad, when she discovers that her mother has been reincarnated as a thoroughbred mare. In the title story, a mischievous angel chronicles the remarkable life of a girl just beyond death’s reach.

 In Scheer’s hands, empathy and attachment are illuminated by the absurdity of life. Inspired by her studies in medicine and science, INCENDIARY GIRLS is a reflection of the power of healing, with all of its magical twists (and will remind readers of Karen Russell’s and Hannah Tinti’s stories). When our bodies betray us, when we begin to feel our minds slip, how much can we embrace without going insane? How much can we detach ourselves before losing our humanity? Scheer’s stories grapple with these questions in each throbbing, choking, heartbreaking moment.

“The story [When a Camel Breaks Your Heart] is bookended by a strange comedic twist. (‘Remember the good times,’ the narrator tells herself early on, ‘when Mahir was still human.’) But the bittersweet center of the story becomes even more affecting in the face of the poetic absurdity that undoes it.”  Liz Colville, San Francisco Chronicle review of When a Camel Breaks Your Heart

 Praise for INCENDIARY GIRLS

.“Scheer’s stories are astonishing and unforgettable. Incendiary Girls is the work of a crafts­woman and a visionary and simply one of the best storytellers I’ve encountered in a long time.” — Laura Kasischke, author of The Raising and The Life Before Her Eyes

. A beautiful, beguil­ing… and slyly unsettling collection.” Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl

Scheer (c) Myra Klarman_for galleysAbout Kodi Scheer

Kodi Scheer teaches writing at the University of Michigan.  For her work as a writer-in-residence at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, she was awarded the Dzanc Prize for Excellence in Literary Fiction and Community Service.  Her stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Iowa review, and other publications.

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Kodi Scheer’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, April 8th:  Bibliophiliac

Wednesday, April 9th:  Bound by Words

Thursday, April 10th:  Book Snob

Monday, April 14th:  The Things You Can Read

Tuesday, April 15th:  Patricia’s Wisdom

Wednesday, April 16th:  Booksie’s Blog

Thursday, April 17th:  Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Friday, April 18th:  Books are the New Black

Monday, April 21st:  What She Read

Tuesday, April 22nd:  Bookish Ardour

Wednesday, April 23rd:  No More Grumpy Bookseller

Thursday, April 24th:  Jorie Loves a Story

Saturday, April 26th:  50 Books Project

Monday, April 28th:  Guiltless Reading

Wednesday, April 30th:  The Written World

Thursday, May 1st:  The Scarlet Letter

Tuesday, May 6th:  Savvy Verse and Wit

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