Hannah Vincent’s new collection of short stories, She Clown, will be published by Myriad in March 2020.
Captured in familiar situations as well as in flights of fancy, the women in these stories are engaged in acts of self-preservation: they are exhilarated to discover the joy and surprise of other women’s company, they make bold sexual choices, they go on a night-time excursions; as grandmothers, they give their grandchildren unsuitable presents.
In one story, a young woman and her mother harness their creativity to express their horror at the world around them. In another, a teenage mother struggles with her feelings for the father of her child. One of the tales follows a woman who experiences the freedom of the workplace while another shows how imprisoning it can be.
Compassionate, unexpected, and full of small triumphs in the face of adversity, this collection establishes Hannah Vincent as one of the freshest voices in contemporary fiction.
‘The language, the worlds and the characters in She-Clown are glorious. I loved that each character felt like a deep and richly textured slice, each from a different and magnificent cake. Hannah Vincent’s stories are the fictional sisters to Judy Chicago’s epic feminist artwork, The Dinner Party.’ Julia Crouch