Is It Sexual Harassment Yet?: Short Fiction

Cris Mazza, Author F2c $8.94 (223p) ISBN 978-0-932511-34-8
With its free association, intentional illogic and run-on sentences, this short, illustrated first novel seems long. It lacks the creative vision that can make stream of consciousness liberating rather than tiresome. It is dominated by passages like: ``When Mabel's shoes pinched they belonged to her sister, it was part of the listening to learn this.'' The plot is slight: Mabel is engaged to Hammond, but is also attracted to Harmon. Her sister Madeline is involved with a man named Hugo. When Hammond goes off to war, Mabel and Harmon have an affair, and she gives birth to a son, Harold. When Hammond returns, he stays with Mabel for a while, then leaves her for another woman. It is difficult to care about any of this, or to get a sense of any of the characters. One is primarily aware of the language, which serves to obscure rather than enlighten. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1991
Release date: 03/01/1991
Hardcover - 243 pages - 978-0-932511-33-1
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