Water and Blood (Paperback)

Water and Blood By Julie Stewart Cover Image
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Winner of the 2020 Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize
In Water and Blood, the nameless narrator, a survivor of abuse, tries on other women's stories like she is trying on their clothes.

There is the nun who learns to swim decades after witnessing her biological sister's drowning in the Ohio River. The rape victim whose deathbed statement is interwoven with the imagined voice of the rapist. The young girl who is sent to stay with her alcoholic grandfather while her parents care for a sick child.

Out of scraps of reclaimed history and imagined memories, the narrator creates a garment of women's stories for herself--overlapping the seams between fact and fiction, doing what women do: cleaning and restitching the wounds of trauma, making a life with the things that are left over after everyone else has taken what they need.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781950539437
ISBN-10: 1950539431
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Publication Date: April 26th, 2022
Language: English