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Synopsis: "It takes a long time to see you are a slave, " muses one character in Aurelie Sheehan's first collection of stories - lyrical, sometimes bitingly funny chronicles of women breaking out of imposed roles. Here are the dreams of misplaced waitresses, prostitutes and other working girls, the survival techniques of secretaries too smart to take orders. In the title story, a woman yearns to be like Jack Kerouac, but is held back by a litany of rules teaching her to be a submissive girl, a "pansy." The main character in "Look at the Moon" is bored to distraction by her receptionist job but is still half under the influence of a Catholic upbringing when she hooks up with a flamboyant stranger and goes on a life-altering road trip with her. In "The Dove, " a wealthy widow who was pressured by her family to marry a rich man spends her life fixated on an affair she had a week before her wedding. Women young and old, rich and poor, make soul-threatening sacrifices to adhere to societal or familial strictures. Love is passionately evoked here, as are the myths and illusions that sustain it. Sheehan uses narrative elements poetically: these kaleidoscopic stories subvert the linear notion of storytelling, creating momentum and effect instead through ellipses, layering and contrast. Jack Kerouac Is Pregnant is the impressive debut of a beguiling, assured writer.
Review: A playful, cynical short story collection about people attempting to break from imposed roles. The title story describes a pregnant woman whose wish is to be "on the road" like the famous poet, but as a self-professed pansy, she instead lives her life like a manual: "How to Go on a Date," "How to Make Love to Your Husband." Other stories include a woman who marries well, but spends her life obsessing about the affair she had a week before her wedding and a bored receptionist pulled out of her rut and Catholic upbringing by a flamboyant stranger.
Title: Jack Kerouac Is Pregnant: Stories (American ...
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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Book Description Dalkey Archive Press. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Seller Inventory # 2810114456
Book Description Dalkey Archive Press. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Seller Inventory # 2895515784
Book Description Dalkey Archive Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Satisfaction 100% guaranteed. Seller Inventory # mon0001717700
Book Description Dalkey Archive Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG1564780600
Book Description Dalkey Archive Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Like New. Lincoln, Nebraska; Dalkey Archive Pr; 1994; Hardcover; Fine in Very Good dust jacket; Hard cover. Review copy. Publisher's slip laid in. A fine copy in a very good jacket. Bright, tight, and clean . Seems unread.; Seller Inventory # 0112131
Book Description U.S.A.: Dalkey Archive Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Unread copy. Seller Inventory # 008183
Book Description Dalkey Archive Press. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. SIgned and inscribed by author. First thus. Jacket is present with a little shelfwear, but the inside front flap is torn with loss. Text clean and unmarked. 10/01/94. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # mon0000084909
Book Description Normal, Illinois. Dalkey Archive Press. 1994., 1994. F. 22.5cm, first edition, x,188p., original black cloth with silver spine titles, black dust-jacket, a fine copy in fine complete jacket (B9). Book. Seller Inventory # 18422
Book Description Dalkey Archive Press, New York, 1994. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. First edition, First printing. Book is in Very Good + condition. Boards are clean, not bumped. Fore edges have a tiny bit of shelf wear. Tiny bit of insect or foxing dots tot he top edge. Interior is clean and legible. Not remaindered. Dust Jacket is in Near Fine condition. Not chipped or crinkled. Not price clipped. Dust Jacket is covered by Mylar Brodart. Thanks and Enjoy. All-ways well boxed, All-ways fast service. Thanks. Seller Inventory # 036040
Book Description Dalkey Archive Press, Normal, IL, 1994. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Book VG+ condition; spine very slightly cocked; cover has some fading "splotches" on front; edges of text block show slight age/dust discoloration. Jacket VG+ condition; very slight bending noted along top edge mostly spine area; blue marker on lower part of spine. 188 pages. Seller Inventory # 000559