The Refrigerator Monologues

Category: Book
By (author): Valente, Catherynne M.
Illustrated By: Wu, Annie
Subject:  FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
  FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary
  FICTION / Fantasy / General
  FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Publisher: Saga Press
Published: March 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*From the New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente comes a ferocious riff on the women in superhero comics.

The Refrigerator Monologues is a collection of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who's ever been "refrigerated": comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero's storyline will progress.

In an entirely new and original superhero universe, Valente subversively explores these ideas and themes in the superhero genre, treating them with the same love, gravity, and humor as her fairy tales. After all, superheroes are our new fairy tales and these six women have their own stories to share.
Review Quote*"This is Valente at her sharpest and most pointed, ably assisted by illustrations from comics artist Annie Wu (Black Canary)."
 
Review Quote*"Valente proves her adroitness with imagery and emotion in this extraordinary book of linked stories."
Review Quote*"In this novella, the superhero girlfriend gets to tell her own version of events in the afterlife. The women's voices are strong: bitter and full of pain, yet steel-tipped in sarcasm and humor."
Review Quote*""The real fun of The Refrigerator Monologues comes from Valente's hyper-stylized voice, inflected by turns with pop, jazz, and opera as she moves from heroine to heroine, genre to genre. It's by turns bitingly sarcastic and wistfully regretful, and always ferociously angry at the narrative in which this collection of women has been trapped."
Review Quote*"The illustrations by longtime comic artist Annie Wu are an extra gift to this heartbreaking series of stories. Don't turn from their stories, no matter how hard they can be to hear. Verdict: Buy it, damn you, and listen to their stories."
Review Quote*"It's hard to single out one tale. They are all of a piece- and they expertly dissect a common type of lazy storytelling that still crops up far too frequently. It's not about angry polemics; instead, these monologues have their own energy and life that is both painful and captivating"
Review Quote*"Readers adventurous enough to parachute into unfamiliar literary territory will be rewarded by Valente's biting wit, outlandish world-building and well-focused sense of outrage."