Attemptations

By Kim Clark

Attemptations
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Imagine you're given the startling news that your body is only capable of having six more orgasms. "It's either buck up or fuck up," decides Mel in "Six Degrees of Altered Sensation," adding this new restraint to the perplexity of single life with progressive Multiple Sclerosis. ... Read more


Overview

Imagine you're given the startling news that your body is only capable of having six more orgasms. "It's either buck up or fuck up," decides Mel in "Six Degrees of Altered Sensation," adding this new restraint to the perplexity of single life with progressive Multiple Sclerosis. In "Flickering," Francis becomes a pyromaniac in order to give her grown sons the opportunity to become heroes. Mundane directions for propane use parallel a brief sizzling affair in "Dick & Jane & the Barbecue and No, It's Not a Love Story. "Altered and twisted realities make the impossible possible for Clark's characters. Lillian, an arthritic senior in "Solitaire," discovers the rejuvenating properties of the bones of her lively, new young neighbour. Looming dementia is replaced by ravenous desire. In "Split Ends" a woman finds a book that contains her own memories, but it is written by a stranger with the same name; in "No U's," a woman slips away through the mail slot to escape her stagnant life. Ranging from micro-fiction to near maxi-fiction, the stories in Attemptations are peopled by women, often physically challenged women—darkly humourous, feisty, sexy, manic, persevering, observant, contemplative women. These characters will snag you and hold you there 'til they're good and done.

Kim Clark

Kim Clark is an author, poet and playwright and gimp. Clark has published short fiction–Attemptations (Caitlin Press)–and poetry: Middle Child of Summer (Leaf Press), Sit You Waiting (Caitlin Press), and Dis ease and De sire, The M anu s cript (Lipstick Press), as well as co-editing the red-head anthology, Canadian Ginger (Oolichan Books). She’s also been a finalist in Theatre BC’s Playwriting Competition and has a novella under option for a feature-length film. Clark is the author of A One-Handed Novel. The sequel to this novel is in the works so watch for Another One-Handed Novel. She lives in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

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The writing is refreshing and far from ordinary even while describing ordinary events. Clark, who is also a poet, appears to delight in her own word wizardry and readers get to share in that delight. … Quirky, darkly humorous and not quickly forgotten.

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