New PDF release: Alice Fantastic
By Maggie Estep
"The storytelling has energy and a spirit of uprising, giving us desire for the way forward for all these undesirable women with soiled faces and undesirable boys on bikes."—The ny Times
"There is ready Maggie Estep's paintings a directness, a transparent determination—a force to chop via, to wreck via, to claw through—that is impressive."—A.M. houses, writer of The Mistress's Daughter
"Maggie Estep is the bastard daughter of Raymond Chandler and Anaïs Nin. Her prose is hard-boiled and horny; she turns an outstanding word and indicates a few leg."—Jonathan Ames, writer of get up, Sir!
Alice Hunter is a thirty-six-year-old expert gambler residing in Queens, ny. She is modestly winning as a horseplayer and enjoys her paintings. even though avidly pursued through her lover, Clayton, who she refers to because the substantial Oaf, Alice's closest better half is sweet, a small noticed puppy, and Alice likes it that manner. while Clayton's overzealousness leads Alice to invite certainly one of her racetrack cronies to intimidate Clayton into leaving her, a couple of issues get it wrong and Alice turns to her half-sister Eloise, a toy maker, whose personal lover has simply been killed in a freak accident.
There is fierce love among Alice, Eloise, and Kimberly (their unconventional mother), however it takes Alice's unintentional discovery of an lousy mystery Kimberly has been preserving to really convey 3 eccentric ladies, seventeen canines, and various fanatics together.
Maggie Estep has released six books, together with Hex, a brand new York instances outstanding publication of 2003. Her paintings has seemed in lots of magazines and anthologies together with: Brooklyn Noir, Queens Noir, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, the simplest American Erotica, and The Outlaw Bible of yankee Poetry. She has played her paintings in a large choice of venues starting from Lincoln middle to Lollapalooza, Charlie Rose, and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. She lives in Woodstock, long island.
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Whaling gear sat lined up along the railings. Our chief officer loaded the blunderbusses, which can shoot harpoons as far as a mile, and long duck guns with exploding bullets that can mortally wound even the strongest animals. Ned Land was content to sharpen his harpoon, a dreadful weapon in his hands. At six o’clock dawn began to break, and with the first rays of sunrise, the narwhal’s electric glow vanished. By seven o’clock it was light enough, but a very heavy morning fog restricted the horizon, and our finest spyglasses couldn’t see through it.
And it may have been a ringing in my ears from their filling with congested blood, but it seemed to me that Conseil’s shout had gotten an answer back. ” I mumbled. ” And Conseil sent another desperate plea into space. This time there couldn’t be any mistake! A human voice had answered us! Was it the voice of some poor devil left behind in midocean, another victim of the collision suffered by our ship? Or was it one of the frigate’s longboats, hailing us out of the gloom? Conseil made one crowning effort; bracing his hands on my shoulders while I offered resistance with my last ounce of strength, he raised himself half out of the water, then fell back exhausted.
And even at our maximum speed, it took the liberty of thumbing its nose at the frigate by running a full circle around us. A howl of fury burst from every chest! By noon we weren’t any farther along than at eight o’clock in the morning. Commander Farragut decided to take a more direct approach. “So,” he said, “that animal’s faster than the Abraham Lincoln. All right, let’s see if it can outrun our conical shells. ” They immediately loaded and leveled our forecastle cannon. The cannoneer fired a shot, but his shell passed a few feet above the cetacean, which lay half a mile off.
Alice Fantastic by Maggie Estep