Amphibian and Other Bodies

Vida Adamczewski


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Toothgrinder Press
23 November 2023
ISBN: 9781805172338
224 pages

From the publisher

Vida Adamczewski’s feverish and wildly inventive first collection brings together her award-winning lyric play AMPHIBIAN with eleven new short stories. Here, mothers and daughters crackle against each other, women meet themselves in abortion clinics, and a lawless chorus of giant seahorses narrate the end of the world. Visceral and urgent, these stories invite you to wallow in the swamp of your body.

“Vida Adamczewski is one to watch, her style is fresh, authentic and provocative, her storytelling is vivid, concise and compelling, Amphibian And Other Bodies blew me away, I loved it and highly recommend you read Vida now.” - Salena Godden, author of Mrs Death Misses Death

Amphibian and Other Bodies is a rare treasure. Dazzlingly inventive, alarming, and funny. Stories slip and slide between the human and the more-than-human; the real and the fantastical. Adamczewski’s sentences shine and squelch: beautiful and alive.” - Charlie Gilmour, author of Featherhood

“Adamczewski’s stories are quiet and feral, her imagery thrilling, the voices troubling and funny. There is calmness here but there is also wild power- a writer to pay attention to.” - Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing

Amphibian and Other Bodies extends through time and space violently. From the strangeness of the cellular, to the use of overpriced Ubers, to the endeavour of feminine endurance. Adamczewski writes a stark declaration of the body as harmonious yet discordant territory.” - Eve Esfandiari-Denney, author of My Bodies This Morning This Evening