Floored to have made another Best of 2017 list. PAPER DARTS lists The Missing Girl among "Our Favorite 2017 Small Press Short Story Collections (Plus a Few Others)"!
Jan Stinchcomb writes: "You can read this chapbook of line-perfect flash in one breathless night, or you can read it over and over, as I have. Doyle explores everything from kidnappings to inappropriate relationships to the casual violence of bars and college parties. She pays careful attention to class issues and the vulnerability of the adolescent mind. Flash is a great form for this project (we don't want the horror of a girl regaining consciousness after a brutal rape to go on for even a syllable longer than necessary). Doyle frequently employs a chilling use of the second-person point of view, but all perspectives in these tragic situations are represented, including that of the predator. This collection challenges us to define what we mean by 'missing': should we be concerned about literal disappearance or the ways girls lose huge chunks of themselves under violent misogyny? Read 'Nola,' in which the narrator tries to find a friend lost after an episode of childhood cruelty."
A lovely Christmas gift.
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