Daughters of Monsters by melissa goodrich

Michael Czyzniejewski , Story 366

Goodrich has poet-level skills in both decription and lyricism, and in “Daughters of Monsters,” she unloads image after image of what these so-called monsters look like, from their beaks to their feathers to the slimy aftertrails. [...] I was riveted to every part of this, surprised over and over again, and read the story three times, finding something new each pass.

Most of the stories I read in Daughters of Monsters had the same effect on me as the title piece, daring, innovative pieces of fiction that introduced me to a strong and distinct new voice.

 

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Daughters of Monsters is a collection of short stories that all contain hints of the weird and the wonderful, in an almost dystopian fashion. It’s musical in its format, with shorter, easier stories providing breaks from the more complex stories like small interludes, and each tale having a slightly surreal twist or setting.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a bit of a break from realism: it’ll introduce new and exciting ideas to you, which will creep up on you again in daydreams.

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The surreal and lyrical stories in Goodrich’s debut collection are what the transformation sequences in werewolf movies aspire to: visceral, transfigurative, mesmeric, and brutally beautiful.

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James Tadd Adcox, Make Literary Magazine

A onetime student of writer Kate Bernheimer, Goodrich shares Bernheimer’s interest in fairy tales, with a strong dose of formalist experimentation and stunningly lyrical writing; her stories can often feel like long prose poems, their narratives moving with the associative logic of dreams.

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Amber Sparks, VELA

Her stories are electric—seriously, I could identify her writing anywhere because of the sheer insane bright white energy pouring out of it. Please read her. Please read this sentence—‘All of the boys in school are breaking their hands’—and then TRY NOT TO READ THE REST OF THAT STORY. Just try.

Daughters of Monsters by Melissa Goodrich

Trent Chabot, Heavy Feather Review

Goodrich has created a world in her collection, a world that warrants a second look. Goodrich’s stories are the insane conspiracy theories the drunk guy at the party won’t shut up about. The one you roll your eyes at and laugh off, taking another swig from your red solo cup and move on to the next person to talk to. But they’re the same conspiracy theories you mull over in your head for days after.

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Carolyn Decarlo, Necessary Fiction

It is the women in Daughters of Monsters who dismember animals in times of distress, from Elsa’s toad in “Lucky” to Papa’s unhatched chicks in “For Good,” and without remorse, as in the titular story... Because women aren’t made to be loved in Daughters of Monsters. Some of them are horrible, morally and physically, and that’s truly beautiful.

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Carolyn Decarlo, Real Pants

Daughters of Monsters is a wonderful debut short story collection, full of apocalyptic narratives delivered by flood, poison gas, and the double whammy of snow storm and animals growing to gigantic proportions... Melissa’s imagination is wild, and her stories are uncontained.

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Augusto Corvalan,  The Masters Review

Goodrich writes that magic is what ‘makes something happen that wouldn’t otherwise happen.’ That’s a perfect encapsulation of how Goodrich approaches her stories, mixing elements that shouldn’t blend, then adding magic into the testube. Atoms rearrange, new substances are created. We see new worlds, we receive new eyes.

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She is a harbinger of the dizzying strange scenario, sometimes genre bent, but just as often unprecedented. One of my favorite stories in the book is “Anna George,” which supposes that “[y]our parents go on a trip overseas and your mother comes back as an orange and your father doesn’t come back at all,” and unravels from there, but treats the subject with the utmost sincerity. Daughters of Monsters also sees a family fleeing a wall of toxic gas for several pages, and has siblings running through recently acquired superpowers—as if rivalries weren’t complicated enough.

Research Notes: Daughters of Monsters

Melissa Goodrich, Necessary Fiction

I researched by giving back the ring.
By eavesdropping.
By wondering where the lost plane went.

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Georgie Evans, Cultured Vultures

Q: What made you choose Daughters of Monsters as the title story?
A: It sounded title-y! But more seriously, it’s kind of the anthem of this collection. Maybe a better word is ‘preoccupation.’ What makes someone ‘monstrous,’ sort of malformed, or incompatible, or broken?

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Georgie Evans, Cultured Vultures

I can only describe the book as the Tim Burton of short story collections – I don’t really understand everything, I can see their relevance to each other as a compilation as well as each tale’s individual cleverness, but most importantly I like it. The chaos of occasionally nonsensical yet raw stories succeeded at intriguing me and forcing me to search for hidden meanings and representations, with images and ideas that will no doubt keep me occupied.

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David Atkinson, The Lit Pub

I found the stories in Daughters of Monsters to be wild and wonderful, plenty to dazzle while still having plenty to think about. There’s a great deal of poetry to the language of the stories as well, making them as intriguing on a microcosm sentence level as they are on a macrocosm plot level.

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