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China Cowboy

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ISBN-10: 0982541686

ISBN-13: 9780982541685

Edition: 2012

Authors: Kim Gek Lin Short

List price: $16.00
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Fiction. Poetry. Asian American Studies. In the technicolor timewarp called Hell, Hong Kong, wannabe cowgirl La La is hellbent on realizing her dream to be a folk-singing sensation, even if it means surviving a dysfunctional relationship with her kidnapper, Ren, who is just hellbent. Ren thinks he'll win, but La La, dead or alive, always wins."Moving between the explicit descriptions of the Marquis de Sade and the implicit ironies of Nabokov, these pieces are excruciatingly compelling, so infernal as they are related in languages variously pornographic and desperately, radically tender. Short's brilliant tragicomedy can be read as a metaphor for China's dynamic with American culture or the story of any determined enterprising youth whose eager 'bloody head' under a bumbling tyrant's 'boot is bent.' A bold, imaginative, timely work from a courageous and complex thinker."—Heidi Lynn Staples"Heated & heartbreaking, CHINA COWBOY charms like wedding cans, flesh-filled, on tarmac. This car (perhaps an old, long Cadillac with longhorns glaring & charred) contains a man, Ren: a 'family man' or 'something commensurate.' La-La: our heroine. & the driver, guiding us expertly over the bluegrass, bodies & Time Warps of Hell, child abuse, power & Country Music is Kim Gek Lin Short."—Rauan Klassnik"CHINA COWBOY is more hydra than hybrid, a slim monster sprouting new directions for form, narrative, culture, and identity. Meanwhile, everything it bites comes to vicious, gorgeous life."—Christian TeBordo
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Tarpaulin Sky Press
Publication date: 6/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 118
Size: 7.75" wide x 5.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Kim Gek Lin Short is the author of CHINA COWYBOY (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2012) and THE BUGGING WATCH & OTHER EXHIBITS (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2010), as well as two chapbooks, The Residents (dancing girl press, 2008) and Run (Rope-a-Dope, 2010). She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.