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Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind by Chavisa Woods

Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind by Chavisa Woods

A collection of short stories focusing on the formative and tumultuous moments in the lives of two women as children and adults, whose relationship to one another is cast in an ambiguous light, and whose characters are abstracted within the context of each story. 

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As Flannery O’Connor beckons us into the restless, gothic American south, and A.M. Homes backs us into bizarre and frightening corners of our suburbia, Chavisa Woods guides us through a strange, troubling vision of domestic life in the rural U.S.” — Go Magazine

“The stories in this book are strong as a punch with endings that hit as hard as a full beer can to the head. I curled up with this book and felt right at home, grateful that I, too, was out.” — Katharine Arnoldi

“A thoughtful and philosophical read. Highly recommended.” — The Pedestal Magazine

“From the sweet smell of trumpet flowers to the touch that can kill, Woods’ work is honest, clear-headed and hard-hitting. The title of this collection says it all, preparing us for our journey through the infinite possibilities of surviving the most haunting aspects of the human condition.” — Steve Dalachinsky

“Chavisa’s stories are definitely written from an American Outsider perspective. She’s a writer who watches, waits, and thinks for herself, bringing us close to the infernal life of the Americanly Ignorant and the articulate seer who lurks among them.” — Jennifer Blowdryer

“Most gripping are stories that, like real dreams, institute close connections between reality and fantasy. In Woods’ most striking manipulations of form, she presents texts that would be classified first-rate realism if not for a sudden burst of fantasy in the denouncement.” — The Brooklyn Rail

“You’re either going to love this book or you’re going to hate it. What you can’t do is ignore it. The book will not let you.… And that’s all we can ultimately ask of fiction: that however much it lies to us, it allows us to believe.” — The Fiction Circus 

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