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Julie Zhou for "Generics"

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Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, August 28th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Julie Zhou for her story collection, “Generics.” Book signing to follow!

In five stories of genre and structure, of dissolution and fracturing, “Generics” explores the edges and ends of female identity: societal expectations of beauty, the transience of girlhood, postpartum depression, cinematic stereotypes of women in love. From a romantic comedy played in reverse to an instruction manual for women in the workplace, these stories ask us to test the fragility of genre and identity, and the assumptions that uphold them. These stories are woven together—and catalyzed by—brief, semi-autobiographical interludes that provide a connecting thread: interludes about family, growing up, and what it means to be from a place and of a people. The collection finds cohesion through this fragmentation; ultimately, “Generics” becomes a collection that talks to and about itself, crossing the boundaries of reality and fiction.

JULIE ZHOU was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and despite a fleeting love affair with New England, has always found her way back to the Midwest. She received her B.A. in English from Carleton College in Minnesota. She currently lives in Minneapolis, where she reads by day (in the nonprofit sector) and writes by night (in her pajamas). Her work has received recognition from Carve Magazine, On She Goes, [Pank], and a deeply wonderful group of friends and family.

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