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Life Changing Smiles gAt the ebook formatting is terrible Not to the point of being unreadable but there are still many errors such as weirdly hyphenated words Hopefully it will be rereleased eventually with cleaner formatting I m on to Cannibal Nights now This book was incredible and I recommend it to anyone who loves beautiful writing Though I loveood fiction of just about every stripe my main interest has always been speculative fiction and literary fantasy I Was Thus A Little was thus a little confused when a friend knowing of that particular predilection recommended House of Skin to me saying You ll never read another world as fantastic as this one That invitation doesn t o nearly far enough in expressing the extraordinary degree of wonder and humanity in Kiana Davenport s stories With an extraordinarily succinct yet poetic style Ms Davenport defines the beauty and I ve had an odd reaction to this collection twice now Both times I ve liked the first story House of Skin and loved the second The Lipstick Tree The House of Skin is about a irl whose uncle has full tattoos over his whole body She develops a kind of love for him as a child which Never Leaves Her But As leaves her but as becomes an adult she sees the weaknesses in her aunt s and his marriage It has a strange and shocking ending The Lipstick Tree is a rather wonderful story about a young strange and shocking ending The Lipstick Tree is a rather wonderful story about a young living in a primitive tribe in Papua New Guinea We see the contrast between her life there and the modern world as she makes the decision whether to leave knowing that if she does she will never be accepted backThe third story basically about opium addiction bores me The fourth story sets out to shock from the beginning and it s there I stop I then keep the book on my Kindle for a couple of weeks before deciding I don t want to Only a Whisper go on with it very stran This is my first time reading anything written by Kiana Davenport Her writing style is extraordinaryI started the collection in August and had a few breaks in between reading It s the kind of stuff that s best read in small doses spread over a few sittings so you have a chance to absorb and savor the rich lyrical writing as well as wrap your brain around some of the socio economic issues customs beliefs and practices that these stories containEach story boasts an exotic setting a universal theme a female protagonistA warning these stories are dark and depressing each one in its uniue and special way raw and edgy so they may not appeal to everybody Read with an open mind and be prepared to venture outside of your comfort zone They make you think about your own heritage identity and individuality Amongst other emotions you may feel admiration disbelief and discomfort The end leaves you with this simple uestion how comfortable are you in your own skin These are some of the most astonishing stories I ve ever read Kiana Davenport writes tight cleanorgeous prose that is beautifully descriptive without being wordy Her characters are developed with precision and breath taking honesty rare in short storiesThese stories all of which take place on South Pacific islands including Fiji Pentecost Island Nauru and Hawaii are both beautiful and brutal and painfully honest about the lives of the women w Unusual poignant stories about the darker side of human lives internal conflicts and conflict relationships All the main characters are trying to break away from the lack of future the oppressive living conditions the hopelessness The stories brought me to exotic places Hawai i Papua New Guinea Fiji Nauru VanatuI liked some of the stories some less but what impressed me best was the author s stunningly succinct yet lyrical writing styleRecommended. Ory between the uncle aunt and niece After the tattooed uncle finally dies comes an ending as appropriate and mortifying as any I have ever read WP Osborn Manoa Journal of International WritingTHE LIPSTICK TREE had a magical effect on me The pro tagonist's dream of a better life and her determination to Copper Lake Secrets go to the furthest extremes to achieve it is heroic The price of freedom is mitigated withrievous loss and bittersweet victory Thom Jones author of Pugilist at RestDRAGON SEED is a spooky tale of addiction and self destruction Jeff Yang Reviewer The Village VoiceThe haunting junkie ecstasy of Davenport's DRAGON SEEDis both abhorrent and beautiful Jessica Hagedorn author of Dog EatersHypnotic and amazing tales Her writing is astonishing Along the way we learn about important and under represented cultures BONES OF THE INNER EAR still haunts me and I believe some of these stories will stand as long as there is written language Tillie Olsen author of Silences Tell Me a Ridd. To look it up on the Brooklyn's Song globe when Iot home because In My Utter Ignorance my utter ignorance had never realised that it s so close to Australia This is what happens when you tend to stick to reading the same enres and the same authors all the time you are just not exposed to other backgrounds and cultures As a uick preview of the rest Dragon Seed is a journey of self destruction by illness and opiates Rosie and Jake at Top Speed is well it s about #Undying Love Fork Used # love Fork Used Killing Reverend Baker is set in Fiji another place I will need to read up about But my favourite story is the one that follows War Doll Hotel it s the story of a mixed heritage irl from Hawaii moving as far from Honolulu as I could Plain Jane The Hotshot get and still be in the United States Her life at the YMCA herroup of eually exotic friends and their struggle to find their place in still predominantly white WASPy 1970s New York I absolutely loved that story and I could have read an entire novel on that character I loved the way in which the story is told as if describing a photo album I found that incredibly evocative and I am sure it would make a Family of Her Dreams great film in the right hands Her Walking Stick takes you back into slightly disturbing territory but thenives you the unexpected relief The writing shines It s absolutely Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed gorgeous brilliant even blinding It s clean and to the point even spare and then there ll be a bit of figurative language that absolutely kills It would punch me in theut and I d have to take a deep breath Here are some ExamplesSexual Obsession She Suddenly Smiled obsession She suddenly smiled let him take me right then like two lizards in wet Girls Night Out grass An opium dream Then his fist was a warm steady mass in my palm We lay on our sides puffing and someone moaned above us in a dream Soon theum had burned away and Wu blew out the lamps The sweet smoke clotted my lungs and I wanted to be sick I tried to say this To open my eyes Form The Words But I was massively adrift Somewhere in the Gobi a Mongol milked a singing horse Caravans approached Someone uietly removed my skinSetting the place We came from the rough tribes of Waianae wild west coast of the island Here native clans spawned outcasts and felons yet our towns had names like lullabyes Makaha Ma ili Nanakuli Lualualei In Nanakuli a valley slung like a hammock between mountain and sea I was born in a house known for its damaged menMost of these stories are told in the style of a very lucid dream we as readers dip in and out of the narrators minds The use of omniscient POV is masterful We ll Bound To Ransom (Bound Series Book 2) get the sociohistorical information we need in a way that poetically enriches the story She does in such a way that even dictionary definitions sound like a song The author is most familiar with Hawaii obviously but I think it s awesome that she s stretchingeographically in this book all across the Pacific to places and cultures that are astonishingly diverse People who live in Into the Wild (The McGraws, grass huts and sleep with piglets have complicated stories just like the people who drive Lamborghinis A lot of these stories are cruel especially men being cruel to women or women being cruel to themselves but they re all joyful in the way that they re told if that makes any sense Sometimes I felt like I was reading a style halfway between pulp and high literature lurid and remote all at the same timeThe treatment of race and cultural hybridity is also incredibly rich and from my perspective spot on Like I felt this was speaking directly to me at several points If you are a multi racialethniccultural woman these stories center you absolutelyIn terms of the individual stories I loved all of them The only critical thing I can say about this collection is th. Unded people are finally redeemed by the strength of loveThe stories are set in islands across the Pacific where the author has lived and traveled extensively Hawaii Papua New Guinea Nauru Fiji Vanuatu parts of of the world only barely ex plored in contemporary literature Davenport offers her readers not just mesmerizing writing but also brings them bulletins from an ancient yet seemingly brave new world Of Davenport's writing ALICE WALKER has said She ex hibits the characterreat writers must have passionate love of people dedication to the memory of people who have suffered You can't read Kiana Davenport without being transformed ISABEL ALLENDE has said Reading Davenport is an over whelming experience Her prose is sharp and shining as a sword yet her sense of poetry and love of nature permeate each lineA Sampling of Reviews of Stories in this CollectionThe story HOUSE OF SKIN transcends the very ood and achieves the beautiful It describes what is essentially a love st. House of SkinI picked up this anthology ebook on a whim after reading a promotional blogpost It s definitely outside my normal reading picks but it was worth my time Auntie talks ood storyDavenport weaves wonderful imagery into these tales of love despair and decay She has a strong islander voice and anyone who has spent time listening to traditional storytellers knows that it s a distinctive uality that can t really be classified in any other way In reading I wondered repeatedly how each story would do as a podcast or audiobook My opinion is that iven the right narrator match they would be even emotional and impactful than the written version match they would be even emotional and impactful than the written version could hear her storyteller s voice in my mind as I read I m not sure it would be honest to say I liked each of these stories most of them left me feeling sad some of them were just outright depressing primarily because they were real and ritty I couldn t help but wonder if these were stories from her imagination or if she was relating real happenings I had to read in small doses But I also had to read I m typically not a short story reader but after reading the reviews for this collection of stories I was intrigued The author s style is different from what I m accustomed to reading so I found myself having to pay attention than usual Her imagery included descriptions not commonly found in American stories at least in my experience lush lyrical tropical and sometimes tribal imagery that conjured customs and cultures from a time long past Each of the stories is dark in its own way each story explores themes of ancient cultures and practices carried into present time and causes the reader to consider where they came from how far they have diverged from their original family or culture and whether they should return to their roots I felt a little off center after reading each story because they made me think about where we come from where we are headed and whether it s preferable to lose the old ways or to hold onto themDespite the dark themes presented in the stories addiction racism violence etc I found myself wishing there were stories in the collection I rarely say this but I plan to re read these stories and I m certain that I will pull from them as I read them a second time One of the best books I read them a second time One of the best books have ever read Should be on everyone s reuired reading list if only to counteract all the books by dead white men Fascinating stories set in islands across the Pacific places I ve never been and may never make it to yet still about universal themes like what happens when you marry the tattooed bad boy move far from home and come back for a visit Rich juicy stories you will think about for months The only downside is now everything else I read seems anemic by comparison Copy of my review on coukNo major spoilersI d never heard of Kiana Davenport until I stumbled across Joe #Konrath S Blog On Self Publishing Konrath # s blog on self publishing Konrath just published a letter from Davenport to him in which she thanked him for inspiring her to self publish her short stories after her publishers had turned them down despite the fact that her novels had previously been uite successful Konrath pretty much challenged all his readers to purchase a copy of House of Skin for their Kindle So I did I love viral campaignsI am not normally a fan of short stories in fact I actively avoid them even when they are authored by my favourite writers But the first story which Navy Wife (Navy gives the collection its title drew me in pretty much instantly and let s just say I don t do spoilers that it was rather unforgettable The following one The Lipstick Tree was eually dark and and took me to the jungle of Central New Guinea I had. From best selling Hawaiian author Kiana Davenport comes HOUSE OF SKIN her first collection of prize winning stories including The O Henry Awards The Pushcart Prize and The Best American Short Stories of 2000 selected by ELDoctorow These are provocative often shocking tales of obsession love racism addiction betrayal even murder but told in such sensuous richly textured prose each story is rendered magical and timeless A youngirl obsessed with her tattooed Yakuza uncle wit nesses his horrific ending A woman is condemned to death for loving a man outside her culture Two cousins learn the terrible toll of drug addiction A boy with amputated legs is introduced to love by an older woman A Running Scared (Heroes for Hire, girl of mixed race heritage discovers her white father's racist background and spends her life trying to 'run herenes off like fat' Two beautiful sisters professional taxi dancers abandon their daughters leaving them with no clues or codes on how to survive A house of dysfunctional and wo.

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