Into their re-imaginings of colonial North American myths, artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan have inserted women who question puritanical values of good and evil, right and wrong, and the sense of promise, space, resource, and opportunity that the so-called New World has traditionally implied. The eight short stories of this volume span the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, exploring the distinctly North American fictions that justice and equality exist, that infinite growth is feasible and desirable, and that anything is possible. Pirate queens, inventrixes and sideshow performers stumble through tall tales usually reserved for Lone Rangers and Horatio Algers; plucky spinsters, religious zealots, deities and office workers challenge well-worn fables that continue to shape North America’s notion of itself and its dreams for the future. These rollicking yarns of personal survival are set amidst shifting frontiers of power and possibility.
Part of our Literary Collection.
|Subject||Short Stories, Lesbian Fiction, Historical Fiction|
|Pages||128 pp (Cloth)|
|Dimensions||4.625″ × 6.125″ × 1.42″|
Julia Horel, in Shameless Magazine writes:
These stories feel like the real stories, the hidden truths normally ignored by a dominant narrative in traditional myths and fairy tales. Readers of Bedtime Stories are welcomed into a secret world known only to a select few. Don’t let the title fool you; this book is not for your younger siblings.
Joy Parks, in Herizons writes:
…once again shows Dempsey’s and Millan’s wit as they jab holes in the dominant culture, pointing out how much it has remained predominantly male and heterosexist.
Elizabeth Hopkins, in Winnipeg Free Press writes:
Millan and Dempsey are nothing if not progressive, and their most recent work is a fine example of their ability to portray the, unfortunately, sexist reality that continues to permeate women’s lives with a sense of humour.