Release Date: July 10, 2012
eBook Price: $7.99
O Fallen Angel is a triptych of modern-day America set in a banal Midwestern landscape, inspired by Francis Bacon's "Three Studies for Figures at the Basgie," Mommy's unfortune of a Crucifixion. There is "Mommy," a portrait of housewife psychosis, cruelly and crudely drawn, fenced in by her own small mind. There is "Magate daughter whom she infects with fairytales, a Dora stuffed numb with pills, a casualty of gender roles and the DSM-IV. Then there is the mysterious martyr-figure Malachi, a Cassandra in army fatigues, the Septimus Smith to Mommy's Mrs. Dalloway, who stands at the foot of the highway holding signs of fervent prophecy, gaping at the bottomless abyss of the human condition, while SUVs scream past.
"Kate Zambreno goes for the throat. Or, at least, her language does. Her debut novel, O Fallen Angel, (which won the Chiasmus Press 'Undoing the Novel' contest) arrives in the grand spirit of Acker, Artaud, Burroughs, but where these are A and A and B, Kate is Z in full: her own, slick, squealy, and of another light." —Blake Butler
"Like Angela Carter's fairy tales, Kate Zambreno's O Fallen Angel deftly exposes the psychic brutality that lies underneath the smooth glassy surface of parable. Set in Midwestern America in approximately 2006, Zambreno's character/archetypes a Mommy who names her golden retriever after Scott Peterson's murdered wife Laci, a daughter who signs her suicide note with a smiley face and a doomed psychotic prophet are all agents and victims of disinformation, but this doesn't make their pain any less real. In Zambreno's SUV-era America, unhappiness doesn't exist because it can be broken down into treatable diagnostic codes. As she writes, Maggie wants to be free but she also wants to be loved and these are polar instincts, which is why she is bipolar, which is a malady of mood. A brilliant, hilarious debut." —Chris Kraus
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kate Zambreno is the author of the novels O Fallen Angel (Chiasmus Press) and Green Girl (Emergency Press). She is also the author of the critical memoir Heroines, published by Semiotext(e)'s Active Agents. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina with her partner John and her puppy Genet.