A new collection of flash fiction, Disappearing Debutantes by Meg Pokrass and Aimee Parkison is available for pre-order from Outpost 19 now!
In Disappearing Debutantes, disappearing and ever present “female beginners” come-of-age in fantasy and reality. As children, girls, teens, “new adults,” middle-aged women, and old women, they keep having their debuts and going unnoticed. Erased by gender, time, age, and those they most want to see them, neglected females become strange in hopes of being loved, being listened to, being understood, and being seen.
Though society has no interest in allowing them to make a grand entrance on a life they keep trying to live anew, and though the bloom is long off the rose that never fully opened, each disappearing woman refuses to make a graceful exit or to blossom into the perfect flowery fem society wants her to become. Instead, she boldly celebrates her oddly transformative disappearance from a life that didn’t go as planned by exploring a self-charted, self-made, surreal world of love, longing, lust, and lore.
“What’s better than one master of the flash form? Two of them, taking stories where you never thought they could go.”
“Surprising, shocking and stunningly honest, this collection of sharp, witty, sad, funny stories will keep you guessing and marveling at their ingenuity. Strikingly original. ”
–Sean Lusk, author of The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesly