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THE HUNGRY GIRLS & OTHER STORIES by Patricia Eakins

I'm no book reviewer so I couldn't possibly do justice to this extraordinary collection of short stories by Patricia Eakins. I leave that to the professionals below. However, I will say that I consider myself very fortunate to have come across The Hungry Girls earlier this year, and even more fortunate that Ms. Eakins has graciously allowed me to publish a new expanded edition to celebrate its 30th anniversary. It is truly a remarkable work of art that should never have been allowed to go out of print.

Here are just a few of the many positive reviews of the book's original edition: 

"Patricia Eakins's territory is in that tangled thicket of the imagination somewhere between Borges and Burroughs, between the fairy tales of Grimm and the magic realism of the South Americans, a kind of Invisible Cities as animal sanctuary ... It is a work of imaginative brilliance, a considerable achievement in modest disguise. ... Readers interested in the pleasure of surprising fictions will go out of their way to find Patricia Eakins's triumphantly quirky first book."
             — Jonathan Baumbach, The New York Times Book Review

"The Hungry Girls is a continuously startling work, an elegant violation of the rules of contemporary fiction."
             — Elizabeth Herron

"A stunning mixture of mythology, surrealism, anthropology and nature, the thirteen stories in this collection are a tour-de-force of  originality, imagination and style. ... The Hungry Girls is quite simply one of the most intriguing and entertaining new collections of short fiction I have read in recent years."
             — Greg Boyd, Asylum

"These stories are more than imagination; they are witty, playful, soberly detailed glimpses into realities totally believable."
             — Faye Kicknosway

"Patricia Eakins's The Hungry Girls is as rare a creature as those that populate its pages, a genuinely original, beautiful, and disturbing work of art. It is a kind of imaginative bestiary for our times, but a bestiary in the same sense that Borges's Ficciones is a collection of myths or that Calvino's Cosmicomics is a scientific treatise. And it shares with these works a lightness of touch, comic wit, and astonishing inventiveness."
             — Robert Coover

About This Edition

Cover and spine design for the 2019 Tough Poets Press edition. Cover artwork by Brenda Goodman ("Self Portrait 13," 48x40, oil on wood, 1994).

What's special about this 30th-anniversary edition? 

In addition to the 13 short fictions collected in the original 1989 edition of this book, this new edition includes the story "Black Food," never before published in the United States.

This edition also includes the transcript of Françoise Palleau-Papin's 1998 interview with the author, "A Conversation with Patricia Eakins," as well as "Here Be Dragons," John Richards's new interview with Jeffrey Miller of Cadmus Editions, the original publisher of The Hungry Girls. Additionally, there are two short pieces about the 1997 Collision Theory theatrical production of The Hungry Girls: A Fairy Tale from Stephanie Gilman (co-producer and director) and Kristin Tanzer (co-producer and choreographer), and a piece from artist Moira Bateman about her Hungry Girls nightdresses, mixed media fiber sculptures inspired by Eakins's story.

The cover features the brilliant work of renowned artist Brenda Goodman ("Self Portrait 13," 48x40, oil on wood, 1994).

Format: Paperback
Pages: 172
Dimensions: 8.27" x 5.83" x 0.39"
Weight: 0.48 lbs.

About the Author

Patricia Eakins is the author of The Hungry Girls and Other Stories and The Marvelous Adventures of Pierre Baptiste (a novel) which won both the NYU Press Prize for Fiction and the Capricorn Fiction Award of the Writer’s Voice. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Parnassus, Conjunctions, and The Paris Review, which awarded her the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction.

Eakins has been awarded two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, one from NYFA, one from CAPS, and the Charles Angoff Award from The Literary Review. She was a 2010 honoree of the Uptown Art Stroll for her excellence as curator of the Sunday Best Reading Series in Northern Manhattan.

Author Patricia Eakins

In 1997, “The Hungry Girls” was made into a work of theatre by the performance ensemble Collision Theory, which later commissioned Eakins to write the texts and lyrics for Portrait (with horse and other). These texts appear in the Artist in Wartime Issue of Fiction International under the title “What Remained.”

The Collision Theory production of The Hungry Girls: A Fairy Tale. (Photos © 1998 by Su Polo.)

Eakins is the subject of Reading Patricia Eakins, a book of critical studies of her work edited by Françoise Palleau-Papin, who has also translated The Hungry Girls into French (Les Affamées, University of Grenoble Press, 2010).

About Tough Poets Press

Tough Poets Press is a one-person independent publisher of rediscovered offbeat literary fiction and non-fiction founded in 2015. My first publication was a collection of interviews with Beat poet Gregory Corso, entitled The Whole Shot. To date, I've published 13 books thanks to the generous support of the Kickstarter community, including the recent first-ever reissues of Donald Newlove's critically-acclaimed 1978 novel, Sweet Adversity, Gil Orlovitz's 1970 experimental novel, Ice Never F,  and prose poet Russell Edson's "lost" first novel, Gulping's Recital.

Where the Money Will Go

As with all my previous Kickstarter projects, my goal is simply to break even and get the book out there. For this campaign to be successful, I will need to raise $1,815. In the interest of full disclosure, here's how it all breaks down, assuming 121 U.S. pledges of $15 each:

Kickstarter's 10% fee = $181.50
ISBN and bar code = $85.00
Printer setup fees = $49.00
Token honorarium for cover art usage = $100.00
Cost to print and ship 151 copies to me (121 copies for the backers, 10 for author, and 20 for all the other contributors) = $638.24
Cost to mail 121 copies to backers ($2.93 each media mail) = $354.53
Cost to mail the 30 comp copies (10 to author, etc.) = $26.16
Royalties to the author for the 121 copies ($3.14 each) = $379.94

My profit = $0.63

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There are really no risks or challenges. This will be the fourteenth book I've produced, published, and delivered on time so I've got the process down to a science.

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