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Conversation Pieces

Vol. 2 — With Her Body

by Nicola Griffith

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Finalist for the Lambda SF award, 2004

With Her Body presents three pieces of short fiction by the Nebula-, Lambda-, and Tiptree-award winning Nicola Griffith. What are these three intense stories about? Hope, joy, the body.; mainly joy and the body—feeling the world on our skin, which is the place where Us and Not-Us meet. Nicola Griffith writes about being as well as doing—about life and love and the fears that keep us from having what we want. About feeling stuff, and making decisions, not sitting at home like a passive lump.


"In a world where most visual stories—and quite a few found in books - don't even pass the Bechdel Test, reading tales that are wholly and unapologetically about women's desire, and in which women's desire for other women is taken as a given rather than as a deviation to be preceded by agonised soul-searching, certainly made for a few double takes.
    But it was also enormously refreshing. In this, it has much in common with the other volumes I've read in the Conversation Pieces series from Aqueduct Press, some of which I've written about before (see here, here and here); not all are overtly feminist, but all start with the assumption that women are human beings with inner lives and agency, and work outwards." (read the whole review)
    — Nicola Clarke, Eve's Alexandria, August 11, 2011

"With Her Body is an atypical collection of science fiction, and those who are turned off by epic sci-fi shouldn't hesitate to pick up this volume. It is intimate, sexy, and rich with good old-fashioned storytelling. That sounds like joy to me." (read the whole review)
    — AfterEllen.com, November 18, 2004

"...haunting, fiercely women-oriented tales of lesbians making their way in one world or another."
    — Books to Watch Out For by Carol Seajay.

ISBN: 978-0-9746559-4-9 (13 digit)
Publication Date: Oct 2004
paperback 136 pages