Electric Literature: A Trip to the Underworld is a Rite of Passage for Young Women

Electric Literature: A Trip to the Underworld is a Rite of Passage for Young Women

In Fruit of the Dead, Rachel Lyon sets “a snare for the bloom-like girl.” This novel is a searing, imaginative retelling of Persephone, both memory and warning for any reader raised as a daughter, or parent to one. Cory Ansel—18, aimless, judged beautiful by all but herself—is ferried to the private island owned by Rolo, […]

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Electric Literature: 7 Novels About Women on a Journey to Figure Out Who They Are

Electric Literature: 7 Novels About Women on a Journey to Figure Out Who They Are

Is an identity crisis just par for the course as human beings? Does it happen to everybody? I wondered this to myself as a friend told me that her brother-in-law had decided, in his late thirties, to hit the pause button on his life. He was going to Bali for two months, she said, to […]

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Electric Literature: For the Teenage Girls in “Headshot,” the Boxing Ring Is a Place of Transformation

Electric Literature: For the Teenage Girls in “Headshot,” the Boxing Ring Is a Place of Transformation

Rita Bullwinkel’s debut novel Headshot takes place in the confines of a boxing ring in Reno, Nevada, over two days of championship matches to determine the winner of the 12th Annual Women’s 18 & Under Daughters of America Cup. Her protagonists, eight teenage girls, fight each other in a series of face-offs for the title […]

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