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In her short debut memoir "Unravelings," Sarah Cheshire use s fragmentation, lyrical verse, flashback, and scavenged primary source documents to recreate a Title IX procedure she was involved in in college after becoming intimately involved with a trusted creative writing professor and mentor. By reentering the complex psychological landscape of this  intimate yet taboo relationship, Cheshire attempts to raise questions about external powers' need for clarity in narrative, the often-blurred relationship between interpersonal and institutional trauma, and the ways in which linear memory can become disrupted in the aftermath of trauma. 


"Honest and maddening ... Unravelings captures so perfectly the anxiety of being trapped between emotions and not knowing who and when to trust. Almost a "Yellow Wallpaper" essence in how easy it was to empathize with the author's struggle to stay afloat and keep hold of her reality." -Jocelyn Jessop, Goodreads 


"The non-linear narrative style portrays precisely how disjointed the character felt throughout her ordeal, how these situations play out in real life, and how they sound upon trying to explain them to others. Cheshire is deft in her handling of such a complex narrative, reflecting through her rhetoric how deep emotional pain can be built, experience by experience, layer upon layer. While complicated, it is never confusing; while convoluted, it is at once exceedingly clear."

Featured Fiction Posted July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017

Fiction Posted July 12, 2017 Featured

Written by Katy Haas


Aberrant, Marek Šindelka, Twisted Spoon Press 

Canned Tuna, David Memmott, Redbat Books 

Charlatan, Cris Mazza, Curbside Splendor 

The Doll's Alphabet, Camilla Grudova, Coffee House Press 

The Essential Fictions, Isaac Babel, Northwestern University Press 

The Hapsburg Variation, Bill Rapp, Coffeetown Press 

Island of Point Nemo, Jean-Marie Blas de Robles, Open Letter 

Judgment, David Bergelson, Northwestern University Press 

Laika, Kate Kort, Brick Mantel Books 

Love from Medicine Park, Constance Squires, University of Oklahoma Press 

Near Haven, Matthew Stephen Sirois, Belle Lutte Press 

Outside is the Ocean, Matthew Lansburgh, University of Iowa Press 

Queen of Spades, Michael Shou-Yung Shum, Forest Avenue Press 

Retrograde, Kat Hausler, Meerkat Press 

Temporium, Kelly Cherry, Press 53 

Unravelings, Sarah Cheshire, Etchings Press 

Unruly Creatures, Jennifer Caloyeras, West Virginia University Press 

What Counts as Love, Marian Crotty, University of Iowa Press 

Wrench, Wayne Harrison, New American Press