Fear, desire, and teenage hormones run amok in Ojeda's unsettling debut novel. The author grapples with the terrors of adolescence and burgeoning womanhood through the experiences of Fernanda, Anneliese, and their friends, who create a world of their own in an abandoned building where they challenge each other to dares. Begun in an effort to gain control of the changes in this turbulent time of life, this imagined world--in service to a made-up White God--seems more and more real as it grows increasingly rife with horror and violence--a madness that turns to cruelty and pushes the girls' teacher to the brink of sanity. There are consequences, of course, but as Anneliese says, “It’s only fun if it’s dangerous.”
In a career that spans well over 40 years, King of Filth John Waters still finds ways to shock audiences. Making his fiction debut with this "feel-bad romance," he delivers a story that is at once absurd, sleazy, hilarious--and charming. The action centers on Marsha Sprinkle, luggage thief and con artist extraordinaire, for whom telling the truth is impossible. She is surrounded by a ridiculous cast of characters, such as a daughter who has a vendetta against her, a dog undergoing an identity crisis, and a talking penis. Does any of it make sense? Probably not; this is a story that takes on any number of hilarious twists,and teems with ideas that only John Waters could come up with. Overall, it's irreverent and campy--mindless in the best possible ways.
Through a beautiful consideration of human ingenuity, creativeness, and hubris, Frank's collection of poetry interrogates what "life" means in an increasingly automated world. From questions about what it is to create life and what it is about the machinations of humanity that make one truly alive to how, through the act of creation and the desire to bring forth something eternal, humans reach for a spark of the divine, Frank evokes a consistent sense of wonder that is also a lament for the human proclivity to wield destruction.