Banach, A. R. (2022). Stick Girls. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.14418/wes01.1.2508
Stick Girls is an experimental novella told in three parts. The three chapters move between distinct times and spaces which are belied by shifts in verb tense and narrative voice. I explore the fragmentation of a rural feminine collective due to cultural and economic pressure for rural to urban migration. The use of the collective plural voice as well as a marked lack of specificity in place and character names infuse the work with a lyricism that foregrounds my experimental approach. The work has developed in tension with the tradition of the American pastoral as the story speaks to the interlocking of gender and the rural-urban divide in reproducing and maintaining existing systems of power through its intimate examination of three friends.