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Wild Women: Contemporary Short Stories by Women Celebrating Women [Paperback]

Sue Thomas , Clarissa Pinkola Estes
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20 Oct 1994
An anthology of 47 stories, all written by women and depicting the "wild woman" archetype of "Women Who Run With the Wolves", by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, who provides an introduction to the book. The contributors include Angela Carter, Anne Rice, Alice Walker and Fay Weldon.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (20 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099517418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099517412
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 725,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love my wired life but I have questions: Where are we headed? How do cyberspace and nature fit together? What should we be doing to make our digital lives integrated, healthy, and mindful? http://www.suethomas.net

Sue Thomas was born in Leicestershire, England, in 1951, to Dutch parents who had settled in the UK. She gained a degree in Humanities as a mature student aged 37, after which she began writing and university teaching. She founded the trAce Online Writing Centre at Nottingham Trent University in 1995, and became Professor of New Media at De Montfort University in 2005. Since 2013 she has been a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and writes full-time.

Her most recent book is 'Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace' (2013). Other publications include the cyberspace travelogue 'Hello World: travels in virtuality' (2004); the novels 'Correspondence' (short-listed for the Arthur C Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1992) and 'Water' (1994); an edited anthology 'Wild Women: Contemporary Short Stories By Women Celebrating Women' (1994), and 'Creative Writing: A Handbook For Workshop Leaders' (1995).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Sue Thomas brings together forty-seven short stories from contemporary female writers in this anthology. They range from the well known Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Alice Walker and Isabel Allende to less familiar writings from, most notably, Tanith Lee (Bloodmantle), Meena Alexander (Stone-Eating Girl) and Karen Karbo (Keep Your Guts).
Arranged in eight parts the collection of short stories explores themes of love, sex, surviving and female knowledge. The scope is very wide and despite most of the stories coming from Western American/European culture there are still very good examples of different cultures mixed in.
The stories themselves hang together very well and each have a slightly different flavour unique to its author. With few exceptions (the badly misjudged The Queen's Chamber by Anne Rice being one) the standard of writing is very high and insights to women's lives from all over the demographic and geographical spectrum are displayed with wit, verve and poetry.
My only real criticism is of the title. Thomas presents us with as many victims and martyrs as she does strong, resilient "wild" women. Only the first segment of the collection really deals with women's wildness and this, arguably, is the most original part. Also it would have been better to see more original material as many of the stories I have read before in different books.
This is a very well rounded and intelligent anthology of stories about women by women- some points may be a little to abstract and poetic to meet everyone's tastes however and the collection can never create as much resonance as a short story book by a single author. Nevertheless this is a very good and thought provoking work to stretch your imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Being Woman 6 Oct 2000
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Being a woman is most definitly something to be celebrated. Nothing is more praise worthy. This book, "Wild Women," definitly gives new meaning to being a woman. It allows the reader a glance at the secret place in the woman's heart and soul, celebrating everything that is good and bad about being a woman. This gound-breaking coolection of forty-seven short stories by women is celebrating women at their wildest, strongest, and most creative. In stories like "orchids to you, dear" and "The Tiger's Bride", women discover their true selves and celebrate that fact by become that which they were afraid of in the being, something beautiful and wonderful and wild. This book is a definite most read for women of all ages.
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