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"...a perfect genius that makes the impossible in expression, possible; the unknowable in experience, knowable"
--Anya Achtenberg, author of The Stories of Devil-Girl

Nickels follows a biracial girl named "Little Miss So and So", from age 4-1/2 into adulthood. Told in a series of prose poems, Nickels' lyrical and inventive language conveys the dissociative states born of a world formed by persistent and brutal incest and homophobia. The dissociative states enable the child's survival and, ultimately, the adult's healing. The story is both heartbreaking and triumphant. Nickels is the groundbreaking debut of Minneapolis-area author and artist Christine Stark.

"Christine Stark has crafted a language and a diction commensurate with the shredding of consciousness that is a consequence of childhood sexual abuse. She brings us a wholly original voice in a riveting novel of desperation and love. Every sentence vibrates with a terrible beauty. Every sentence brings the news."
--Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery

"To be taken into the mind of a child can be an enchanting adventure, but to be taken into the mind of a child who is abused, confused, and taken for granted is a lingering, livid journey. I applaud her fortitude to bring an olden--too long ignored-- truth out of the darkness with blazing, innovative light."
--MariJo Moore, author of The Diamond Doorknob

"In Nickels, Christine Stark, powerfully portrays the story of abuse and its impact on our lives. When this beautifully written and compelling story leaves, you are left wanting more. It's riveting; a book that will capture you from the beginning and carry you through the end. Everyone should read this book."
--Olga Trujillo, author of The Sum of My Parts

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Anya Achtenberg, an award-winning fiction writer as well as poet, recently has seen her novella The Stories of Devil-Girl released on CD, and her novel-in-progress, More Than the Wind, excerpted in Harvard Review. Her first book of poetry, I Know What the Small Girl Knew, was published by Holy Cow! Press. She has taught creative writing widely, including at New York University, Hamline University, and the University of New Mexico; for writers' organizations such as The International Women's Writing Guild and The Loft in Minnesota; and with young adults re-entering school. She teaches courses on Writing for Social Change, sometimes co-teaching with writer-activist Demetria Mart nez.

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resounding 'yes' from everyone on the importance of using these two pieces together, as point-counterpoint on the themes of violence against women and the nuanced and challenging process of surviving that violence."
--Minnie Bruce Pratt Creative Writing Editor for the Feminist Studies Editorial Board

"Stark's writing achieves something altogether new. It allows us a glimpse into the perceptive, multidimensional, and startlingly rich
dissociative mind, in which the past can suddenly seem more real than the present and even the smallest detail can trigger overpowering memories, so that the impossibly hopeful conclusion feels all the more earned and satisfying."
--Katie Hae Leo, playwright of Four Destinies

"Christine Stark's novel Nickels is, in a word, stunning. It's a tough read on many levels, not for the squeamish or lazy reader. But for the reader who is willing to work a bit, reading the novel is an amazing experience. ...It is a singular book that merits every reader it can get, not only because of the subject of the book worthwhile in itself but because of Stark's artistry in writing it. When readers put the finished book down, they'll never look at nickels again in quite the same way."
--Michael Northen, Editor-in-Chief, Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry

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