Jessica Karbowiak’s beautiful short stories and essays chronicle the narrator’s growth from a space of victimization, to observer and ultimately redemption. Its theme of learning how to live in the world covers the author’s own personal tragedies, historical accounts, surreal short stories on acceptance and self-worth and finally becoming whole—even as a damaged creature. The collection is gorgeous, challenging, peculiar and experimental. As much about the writing as the narrative, the author bends perception by lyrically manipulating her words and their meanings into a unique reading experience. These Things I Know is equal parts art piece, narrative and memoir, and will fill readers with a sense of wonder and hope as they turn each page.
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Jessica Karbowiak is a Native New Yorker who studied creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin and The Pennsylvania State University. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as The Chaffey Review, Blood Orange Review, Two Hawks Quarterly, The Monarch Review and Side B magazine. She currently resides in Long Island, New York and spends her time teaching college writing. This is her first collection of essays and stories.
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