Release Date: 01 January 0001
Publisher: Tyrant Books
"Marie Calloway has a very specific literary personality that the reader is intrigued by: she's masochistic, loves to experiment, is quickly bored and intermittently self-hating, very hip, rebellious. Figuring her out is a gripping adventure." -Edmund White
"I have never read a book like this before. It's painful, shocking and brilliantly written, with a great sensitivity to which details should be revealed and which should stay concealed. It's formally complex, completely unforgettable, highly contemporary and plainly great. A terrifying proposal: could this be the Great American Novel for the twilight of "Great" America?" - Sheila Heti (author of "How Should a Person Be?"
"what purpose did i serve in your life is moving, unprecedented, threatening, and surreal--the exciting, rare work of someone with nothing to lose. It's intuitive and overpowering, concise and extreme. And, like a plant or a comet, it doesn't pause to explain what it's doing, defend or rationalize its existence, or attempt to obscure or distort its intentions. If you're attentive toward it--and earnest and open-minded and non-malicious in your attention--you will likely question and examine what you yourself are doing and why, and how to change." --Tao Lin
"'Adrien Brody' is riveting, fresh, and written with a distinctive new voice."--Stephen Elliott
""That's the most incredible thing I've ever seen."
"What is?" I asked, though I knew.
"Your face right now."
I was vaguely aware my eyes were open very wide."
Marie Calloway's fiction debut, "what purpose did i serve in your life," is both a portrait of American youth and a gamble, a chance taken, in answer to the following: for a young woman, is there such a thing as the soul, a life more than the organs, or is she forever recalled to her body? Marie does not answer this question but instead acts it out through a series of intertwined stories. The result is a fusillade of brutally self-aware and insightful pieces that take on the meaning of sex, art, and, most of all, survival in the age of Internet-based sex work and love that can flame and turn to ash in the space of a tweet.
Marie Calloway (b. 1990) is interested in sexuality and gender. She rose to prominence in 2011 with her controversial story, "Adrien Brody," which was published by Muumuu House.
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