fiction is maddened by Catholicism and charged by a sexuality that is
raucous, disturbed, frisky, fun, raffish, and refined. In the old
Frankenstein-meets-Werewolf motif, it's O'Connor meets Hawkes."
"It's all here. The soiled
sister. Rough sex with a blind man. Mother gone mad. Father dying. All of
it. The irresistible brother-in-law. What's left after a husband. Prayer,
screaming. Skin carved with initals or bitten by horseshoe crabs. Bars
from Carolinas to Delaware. Women you must never be. Here. Dressed up like
a babe. Half agreeing. Mystical, scary stories that are all hers. Severe,
brilliant, Victoria Lancelotta. Who keeps the flame fixed on high burn.
Who is a genius of holy beauty, of ecstasy and dread."
"These fierce, nasty stories are the flagellant's skin,
marked by her own hand, Catholic from birth. Maybe this is what
happens when young girls are raised in the only remaining, fully
functioning, mystery religion. Lancelotta writes like an angel, perhaps
because she was trained to be one."
stories come on hot and sharp and salty, but under the sensuousness lurks
a bladelike clarity. Her young women are grappling with more than just the
dangerous, soul-shaking mysteries of sex and intimacy and adulthood. At
the heart of HERE IN THE WORLD lies an even more troubling core of
loneliness and loss, of wisdom earned at a high price."
nails the spirit-sinking landscapes of Baltimore and a no-name southern
town with a scintillating precision of detail....Lancelotta skillfully
moves back and forth in time, mingling Martha's Baltimore memories... with
an account of her pristine new existence...Smart, taut writing and
terrifically tactile first-person narration."
her raw and unsettling first novel, acclaimed short-story writer
Lancelotta searingly examines the family ties that sustain us as
children but often smother us as adults....With steely-eyed insight,
Lancelotta cuts to the heart of a young woman's longing for connection
and her reflexive self-denial." --ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (A-)
the affecting debut novel from Victoria
is a meditation on urban loneliness and desire that, in addition to
gorgeous language, an acerbic narrator, and a frankly erotic story line,
has something more in store for Baltimoreans: the shock of the
familiar....Lancelotta's narrative sensibilities are as straight and true
as her protagonist's life is wandering--and her language is both
economical and devastatingly specific (a group of going-nowhere-fast
teenage girls are laid bare in a single image: "[they] sat on the
hoods of cars at the far end of the lot, smoking cigarettes and spraying
perfume from small bottles they pulled from peeling imitation leather
--Review By Lily Thayer
Lancelotta's first novel, Far (Counterpoint), is written in the finest
shades of gray, an extended literary snapshot of her youngish
protagonist's increasing grief over a life not-so-well-spent....Far's
melancholic words are so well-crafted they can reintroduce readers' ears
to the sound of contemporary prose as living art."
--PW Daily "Book of the Day"
is a razor's-edge writer with an existential streak and a fascination with
the dichotomies of being....Writing with the surgical precision, dark
sexuality, and psychological suspense of Annie Ernaux, Joan Didion, and
Siri Hustvedt, Lancelotta spotlights transforming moments in Martha's
spare life." --Booklist
gritty, mean, hopeful, bright and a very worthy read."
(for Here in the
elegant vignettes ... press us, face first, into our own needs, into the
raw fact of the body's desires..."
--The New York Times Book Review
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