SARAHLAND by Sam Cohen

SARAHLAND by Sam Cohen

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In SARAHLAND, Sam Cohen brilliantly and often hilariously explores the ways in which traditional stories have failed us, both demanding and thrillingly providing for its cast of Sarahs new origin stories, new ways to love the planet and those inhabiting it, and new possibilities for life itself. In one story, a Jewish college Sarah passively consents to a form-life in pursuit of an MRS degree and is swept into a culture of normalized sexual violence. Another reveals a version of Sarah finding pleasure-and a new set of problems-by playing dead for a wealthy necrophiliac.

A Buffy-loving Sarah uses fan fiction to work through romantic obsession. As the collection progresses, Cohen explodes this search for self, insisting that we have more to resist and repair than our own personal narratives. Readers witness as the ever-evolving "Sarah" gets recast: as a bible-era trans woman, an aging lesbian literally growing roots, a being who transcends the earth as we know it.

While Cohen presents a world that will clearly someday end, "Sarah" will continue. In each Sarah's refusal to adhere to a single narrative, she potentially builds a better home for us all, a place to live that demands no fixity of self, no plague of consumerism, no bodily compromise, a place called SARAHLAND.

 

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"SARAHLAND is satisfyingly queer, dirty, insightful, disarmingly generous, astonishing in its craftsmanship, and so funny. Easily one of my favourite collections of short fiction ever!" - Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

 

"I'm deeply struck by the emotional wisdom, the cultural smarts, and the literary vulnerability happening in SARAHLAND. Rarely do I feel so seen by a book." - Michelle Tea, author of Against Memoir

  • Details

    Imprint: Grand Central Publishing

    Publication Date: 25 Mar 2021

    ISBN: 9781538735060

    Pages: 208

    Format: Hardback

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