“Stylish blogger, gifted wordsmith, linguistic cinematographer, Roxanne Carter herein charges hard and fast past the current borders of the book and into fresh textual territories all her own. Glamorous Freak is wonderful and wonderfully unsettling work. Reading it you will not be indifferent. Reading it you will listen and listening you will, with Carter, ‘be able to recognize the flickering hurricane knocking tree limbs against the door.’” – Laird Hunt, author of The Paris Stories
“Roxanne Carter creates a figure of grave and astonishing intelligence, sensitivity and perception: the woman at once so near and so far, so here and so there, haunted seemingly by another narrative, just outside of our reach, and there’s something very beautiful about that. And we’re astonished that so much longing and mystery can be held in this way in one book. I’d follow this woman into any night, into any film, into any day.” – Carole Maso, author of Defiance and AVA
Roxanne Carter’s sparkling debut fiction is a playful innovative engagement with the mirrored self, stylishly written, wittily framed. An exciting new talent. – Robert Coover, author of Noir
Glamorous Freak: How I Taught My Dress to Act (2012, Jaded Ibis Press) is chronicle of days: a writer, peering through the page at herself, at her obsessions; slipping in and out of narratives easily, effortlessly, with no desire to differentiate between she and I. She writes through herself and of herself and imagines what there is to image: the ruffled, bleary rim of light that exceeds the edge of the screen. This book is a diary, a collection of observations that begins while everything has already begun, and ends before the beginning. It is a book that speaks of characters but can’t let them stand, for long. Pushes them as they run, until they vanish. Nothing happens, nothing is endured. The location is a house that becomes a movie theatre that becomes the woods. The only way to claim a certainty is to know that it is the I who looks, who speaks, who intrudes. The eye sent wandering, collecting whatever sparkles, whatever shines. It is the beautiful turned strange that interests, that arrests.
Finalist in Chiasmus Press First Book Competition, Starcherone Press Prize for Innovative Fiction, and Subito Press Annual Book Competition.
Glamorous Freak teaching guide [.pdf]
Kari Larsen / Anobium Lit, Feb. 9, 2012.
Heather Fowler / “The Beautiful Grotesque” / American Book Review, Volume 33, Number 5, July/August 2012.