Cris Mazza’s work has often been regarded as “disturbing” for its exploration of sexual politics, victimhood, personal accountability, and acts of sexual violence. With an introduction by Gina Frangello and a foreword by Rick Moody, Charlatan charts the development of a dynamic body of fiction by a writer due for discovery by millennial readers unsatisfied by mainstream feminism.
PRAISE FOR CRIS MAZZA
“Mazza’s newest works stand first and foremost as a supremely accomplished body of individual artistry. Again and again, what this collection showcases is Mazza’s rarest of talents. . . . An impressive compendium of an important career—Mazza’s work shines.” —kirkus reviews ( starred review )
“The genius of Cris Mazza is to overturn every applecart she can reach.”
—luis alberto urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels
“Cris Mazza takes no prisoners — and we wouldn’t want it any other way.”
—rilla askew, author of Fire in Beulah
“And now may you find way into the complexities, and convolutions, the deeply moving investigations at the heart of the work of Cris Mazza.”
—rick moody, author of Hotels of America
“Startling, candid, revelatory and revealing, but most of all brilliant — the collected stories of Cris Mazza are essential reading.”
—christine sneed, author of The Virginity of Famous Men
“Bold readers, brace yourselves [for] high-energy prose and pitch-black compassion . . . dense, relentless, tender, savage and strange as moment-by-moment life itself.”
—elizabeth searle, author of We Got Him
“This book is a must read for anyone interested in experimental prose, literary fiction, or the depiction of women in contemporary culture.”
—aimee parkison, author of Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman
Cris Mazza is the author of twenty other titles, most recently It’s No Puzzle, a memoir in artifacts. These selected stories come from five books, including the critically acclaimed Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? She is a native Californian who now splits time between Northern Illinois and the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.