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thinking for herself? In If Nothing Else, Eve, We’ve Enjoyed the
Fruit; she begins talking to bunches of grapes and cantaloupe that
convince her to commit murder. Through her visitations with fruit,
the woman learns that a gender war can be reversed by traveling back
in time and eradicating the Tree of Knowledge and its villainous
apples. The fruit persuade her by telling her four other stories:
Pregnant Jody Burkhoff’s body is changing rapidly, but not as quickly
as the lupine metamorphosis of her husband. First the neighborhood
animals are mutilated, then the neighbors are viciously murdered.
Which proves to be more dangerous, a monstrous creature or a hormonal
Khaki Barlow enters a pageant in which only one woman survives. She
must complete tasks that are both mentally and physically daunting,
all while trying to learn the meaning of the words left by the
eliminated: I am here. Does she face incredible fears? Does a
one-legged duck swim in a circle?
Told as an ethnographical project, Lara Thomas researches the deaths
of shoppers at a mall embedded in a small town, and encounters the
legendary Goat Man.
Readers learn the final decision in the gender war.
Let’s begin by telling the truth. Truth is different from belief: it is meatier, it has more bite. There is no delight like being proven correct in one’s belief, and no conundrum quite like being proven wrong. Ask any college professor who has been put on the spot by some arrogant post-teen. Ask any researcher who has forsaken friends, family, and faith for decades, all for an elusive hypothesis.
People feel one way about beliefs, mothers feel the opposite. Mothers want the deep-rooted fears that gnaw at them with the bite of a St. Bernard to be refuted. These are the fears and superstitions that they believe about their children, dread that seems so inevitable that an entire life plays out like déjà vu. Mothers know things before they know them. Call it intuition, call it perception, call it anything but true.
The desire to be proven wrong, the desire to slip into denial, can be powerful stuff. And when belief becomes truth, that is when the gates of Hell swing open widely.
The truth is: Jody Burkoff’s husband had begun to change.
fiction in order to give birth to two children and complete a
doctoral dissertation. She lives on Cape Cod, MA, with her husband,
son and daughter. She teaches a variety of courses at a private
university in Boston: from English Composition and Communications to
a Vampire Seminar. Her writing has been published in Allegory
Magazine, Dark Fire Magazine, and several anthologies. She is the
author of If Nothing Else, Eve, We’ve Enjoyed the Fruit, and is also
the author of the nonfiction book: Metamorphosis: Identity Outcomes
in International Student Adaptation–A Grounded Theory Study. She
enjoys a robust full moon, chocolate, and collecting cats.
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