Review: TV Girls by Dana Diehl

TV Girls by Dana Diehl

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With TV Girls—six incredible flash fiction stories in one fantastic chapbook—Dana Diehl’s compassion for reality TV stars flattened by the medium recovers their individuality and complexity by exploring in gorgeously-crafted prose how they are vulnerable, exploited, and managing the relentless attention. Each story seems to end with a distortion that reminds us that these people are human beings with dimensions: zooming out to TV pixels, the glow of emergency lights, “something that’s not there,” dreams of becoming the monster the audience really wants to see, etc. TV Girls is a funny and shocking, timely and wise, blistering and compassionate work, one not to be missed.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis

Richard Leis (he/him/his) lives in Tucson, Arizona where he writes poetry and fiction, attends and teaches writing workshops at the Writers Studio Tucson, and works for HiRISE, a team in the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona with a camera in orbit around Mars onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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