And Then You Apply Ice: Stories
by Pamela Gwyn Kripke
















And Then You Apply Ice: Stories by Pamela Gwyn Kripke
An eight-year-old beauty pageant winner experiences objectification on a summer camp stage. A middle-aged single mother watches her boyfriend, a cosmetic surgeon, suction liquid fat out of a patient, confronting her own insecurities about appearance, worth and love. Through a slit in a door, an eyeball tracks the comings and goings of its neighbor, a young interior designer who is robbed in the walkup apartment across the hall. A Dixie Mafia don pushes a television reporter to question her ethics. Two dogs discover intertwined feet under a dinner party table and struggle to reveal the infidelity to their preferred human parent.

The women and girls in these twenty-one stories encounter hurt—to their emotions, bodies, beliefs and ideas—confronting who they are or will become. Their predicaments reveal the subtleties of human interaction, the power in one's decisions and ultimately, the complex resilience that imbues women's lives. A captivating look at managing transgression, the collection is an honest, funny and astute portrayal of the female experience.
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