High Drama in Fabulous Toledo: A Novel

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University of Alabama Press, 2001 - Fiction - 223 pages
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A fast-acting antidote to reality, High Drama in Fabulous Toledo is a novel about characters on the brink of impossible chaos. When Ellen, a postmodern everygirl, daydreams her way out of monotony and into the hands of inept kidnappers, she finds she prefers captivity to her own predictable future. Life, for her, is a box to be filled. But by what or whom? Ultimately, faced with defining herself either as victim or manipulator, Ellen opts for both, igniting a chain reaction of volatile identities that levels everyone around her. Ellen's kidnappers, a bouncer named Stef, and his gal-pal Molly, imagine themselves as a barbarian warrior and an electro-sex princess. They deliver Ellen into the hands of Jay, a cybergeek who needs a bride to fulfill his suburban dream. Against all logic, Ellen agrees to marry Jay, fearing that this may be her last chance to avoid a collision with lifelong normality. James's postfeminist fiction is smart and accessible. Her trippy narrative packs a wallop with its wry, skin-tight prose, at once insightful and corrosive to reality. Like a postmodern Flannery O'Connor story. High Drama in Fabulous Toledo is unafraid to shake the balance of order and chaos,
 

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Contents

Chapter One
11
Chapter Two
27
Chapter Three
35
Chapter Seven
87
Chapter Eight
103
Chapter Nine
117
Chapter Ten
135
Chapter Eleven
153
Chapter Twelve
163
Chapter Thirteen
175
Chapter Fourteen
191
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About the author (2001)

Lily James Grew Up in Detroit, Became Entangled with Communists, Divorced Politics, Became Entangledwith Rock'n'roll, Divorced Music, Married the Internet, and Now Co-Edits, with Susannah Breslin, an Online Phenomenon Called the Postfeminist Playground.

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