Margo Berdeshevsky

Vanessa Saunders

Vanessa Saunders is a professor of practice at Loyola University New Orleans. Her hybrid work, fiction, and poetry has appeared in Seneca Review, Los Angeles Review, Sycamore Review, Passages North, and [PANK] among others. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she received her MFA from Louisiana State University.

The Flat Woman

Richly textured and chillingly poetic, The Flat Woman is filled with pure enthrallment

Vi Khi Nao

The Flat Woman

Vanessa Saunders

Beautiful Soon Enough, by Margo Berdeshevsky (FC2, 2009)

2024

Quality Paper
ISBN 978-1-57366-208-6

In The Flat Woman, women exclusively are blamed for the climate crisis. Seagulls drop dead from the sky, and the government, instead of taking responsibility, scapegoats a group of female ecoterrorists. When a girl’s mother is incarcerated for climate crimes, she is forced to raise herself alone. As a young woman, she begins a romance with an environmental activist whose passion makes her question her own role in the world. By turns hilarious, deadly serious, and completely absurd, The Flat Woman asks who gets the right to call themselves a good person in a world ripe with disaster.

Driven by complex academic and moral questions, The Flat Woman is certain to appeal to fans of feminist and experimental literature, as well as fans of Margaret Atwood, Renee Gladman, Bhanu Kapil, Maggie Nelson, Kelly Link, and Anne Carson.

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Richly textured and chillingly poetic, The Flat Woman is filled with pure enthrallment. A mother, a child-like woman, an Elvis impersonator, and an aunt — all caught in an intricate web of seagull terrorism, spattered with ash and feathers — plunge the reader into an intricate and inscrutable collision of forces.

Vi Khi Nao, author of Swimming with Dead Stars

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With deft efficiency, Vanessa Saunders lets a mini-matrix of motifs and characters mirror a society’s worth of ecological, political, and personal crisis. A beautifully constructed work of feminist realism.

Nell Zink, author of Avalon