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Chicklit 2: No Chick Vics

Chicklit II

Chick Lit 2: No Chick Vics
Edited by Cris Mazza, Jeffrey DeShell, Elisabeth Sheffield

Price: $29.95


This book is the follow-up volume to Mazza and DeShell's hugely popular Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction, published by FC2 in 1995. Chick-Lit 2: No Chick Vics features new work by Rikki Ducornet, Eurydice, Elizabeth Graver, Ursule Molinaro, and fourteen other witty and deadly serious writers.

Chick-Lit 2 discovers new and alternative voices in womens fiction whose stories do not involve trauma that comes from the outside. As Mazza writes in her introduction, "Sexual assaults and harassments and injurious poor body images do exist and have waged a war on women (the American Medical Association says so). But for this book, I was interested in seeing what action(s) women characters can incite on their own, whether bad or good, hopeful or dead-end, progressive or destructive."

"These writers are plying sharp eyes and ears, peeking through keyholes, tearing up pages, throwing carefully thumbed books out the window, and generally making a name for themselves. You will want to see this collection for yourself. This book is its own blessed event and second coming all rolled up into one." —The Review of Contemporary Fiction

"Now we are ready to consider the skuzzier side of women … One generation of women wrote 'shit happens.' The next writes, 'Yeah, it still does, but I've stuck my fingers in it.'"—2 girls review


from "The Imaginary Wars of Bellford County" by Lucy Hochman

In Bellford County, whole banks and acres of shore are covered with bubbles and beetle-sized hermit crabs, grabbing and swapping. There is a common belief around here, a custom or the belief of a custom, that what children are doing when they dig holes, and children will dig holes if offered some dirt or find themselves on the beach, is digging a hole to China. Have they heard of China? Do they want to be elsewhere? They like the feel of grit on their hands, the way the earth changes temperature, how sometimes water suddenly seeps into the place they've created for it as if it had been waiting for the right moment. Maybe they like being able to make the thing they so routinely stand upon change shape; it goes down where it hasn't before. For now, we'll set aside the way they build a pile at the same time, the way they create an illustration of opposites. In Bellford County, people try to make sense of the way their neighbors behave. They look around, gathering evidence from their surroundings, constructing relationships between disperate elements of their experiences, constructing plains in their minds on which the possibilities they invent do a form of dance, or conversation, or battle. Colloquially, they say they're thinking.