New and Collected Stories
by Cris Mazza
Cris Mazza’s work has often been regarded as “disturbing” for its exploration of sexual politics, victimhood, personal accountability, and acts of sexual violence. With 22 stories, plus an introduction by Gina Frangello and a foreword by Rick Moody, Charlatan charts the development of a dynamic body of fiction by a writer due for discovery by millennial readers unsatisfied by mainstream feminism.
“After long fearing I’d slipped into this profession with fake credentials, I’ve now realized my charlatan-complex was sustained for the wrong reason. My original assumption: that I’d been published and continued to be published only by luck or fluke, that soon the literary world would realize I had no talent and nothing to say. But my disguise, the role I played, the impostor that I am, has not been that I am a writer.”
— cris mazza,
“I Write as a Charlatan”
from Something Wrong With Her
Cris Mazza is the author of over seventeen books. Her first novel, How to Leave a Country, won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award for book-length fiction. Mazza is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
"Mazza’s newest work stands first and foremost as a supremely accomplished body of individual artistry. Again and again, what this collection showcases is Mazza’s rarest of talents. . . . An impressive compendium of an important career—Mazza’s work shines." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Publication Date: October 2017