EXPERIMENTAL WRITINGS AND PROJECTS

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Hardcover, 7.5 x 10 in. / 168 pgs / 200 color.

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Catalog: FALL 2018 p. 27   

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Karen Green's Frail Sister "is generous, a beautiful jewel excavated at great cost and with great endurance. It shines brightly and drips blood." —The Paris Review. Of this genre-smashing, feminist work by the author of Bough Down, Roxane Gay writes, "What a beautiful, strange book—found objects and fictional prose brought together to tell the real and imagined story of Constance Gale, through letters to her sister, letters from young men at war. From the beginning to the end of the book, we bear witness to a life, too-short but fully-lived. This is simply fascinating and gorgeously written, gorgeously assembled." Do not miss this moving book from the daring independent press, Siglio. Claudia Rankine calls it "a singular achievement that defies genre naming… a masterwork creating its own terms for existence—every page a marvelous and terrifying journey."

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Karen Green: Frail Sister


Featured image is reproduced from 'Karen Green: Frail Sister.'

From the author of Bough Down, a found, collaged and lovingly amended inquiry into how women disappear

Artist and writer Karen Green's second book originated in a search for a woman who had vanished: her Aunt Constance whom Green knew only from a few family photos and keepsakes. In her absence, Green has constructed an elliptical arrangement of artifacts from an untold life. In this rescued history, Green imagines for her aunt a childhood in which she is bold, reckless, perspicacious, mischievous; an adolescence ripe with desire and scarred by violation and loss; and an adulthood in which she strives to sing above the incessant din of violence.

Constance—one half of a sister duo put to work performing as musical prodigies in the dirt-poor town of Oil City, Pennsylvania. during the Great Depression—escapes as a teenager to the USO and tours a ravaged Italy during World War II. Soon after she returns to an unsparing life in New York City, she disappears. Green traces her dissolution in a deftly composed trove of letters Constance writes to her beloved sister and those she receives from dozens of men smitten by her stage persona, along with her drawings, collages and altered photographs.

Though told mostly from Constance's point of view, Frail Sister is also haunted by the voices of the transient, the absent and the dead. The letters (a few real, many invented) expose not only the quotidian reality of war but also the ubiquitous brutality it throws into relief.

Nimble, darkly funny and poignant, Frail Sister is possessed by the disappeared, giving voice to the voiceless, bringing into a focus a life disintegrating at every edge.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Karen Green: Frail Sister.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Claudia Rankine

Frail Sister is a singular achievement that defies genre naming. Here image is formed by epistolary text which is informed by the unformed facts of actual lives reformed by fiction. Sisters in life and the men who admire, cajole or destroy them stand in for every woman who has felt missing, gone missing, found dead. If there must be a question at the center of every breath, Frail Sister asks what it is to “faint upwards” or “float and fall” in the same moment. This is a masterwork creating its own terms for existence—every page a marvelous and terrifying journey.

Jonathan Franzen

Karen Green smashes the boundaries between the visual and the written, the found and the invented, the comic and the tragic; between uncompromising art and pure fun. Her ear is as keen as her eye is dazzling. And her obsessions are contagious.

Janet Fitch

Glorious, a haunting prism of art and artifact, Frail Sister builds its power as a mystery does, with clues and secrets, the story inseparable from the form. Moving, sly and skillful, a portrait of woman’s life in the embodied history of its materials. A marvel.

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Roxane Gay

What a beautiful, strange book -- found objects and fictional prose brought together to tell the real and imagined story of Constance Gale, through letters to her sister, letters from young men at war. From the beginning to the end of the book, we bear witness to a life, too-short but fully-lived. This is simply fascinating and gorgeously written, gorgeously assembled.

Art in America

Adam Plunkett

Those artifacts are both found and made—we readers mostly don’t know which—and are all over each other in every manner of letter, photograph, clipping, drawing, and diagram, making the book like a biographical archive ordered by chronology and collaged into lucid disorder.

Tin House

Elissa Schappell

[Green] is honoring the lives of so many other lost and forgotten women.

On the Seawall

Elaine Sexton

Frail Sister is not simply a graphic narrative made up of a compelling art form — it is a song, a dirge, a mystery, and a tragic lark.

The Believer

Ryan Chapman

integrate[s] a nuanced literary voice, a rigorous visual aesthetic, and an entire life story into a masterwork.

The Believer

Ryan Chapman

An ambitious collage attempting to place the reader within an imagined consciousness—typically the provenance of prose literature.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/20/2018

Karen Green to sign 'Frail Sister' at Aeon Bookstore NYC!

Karen Green to sign 'Frail Sister' at Aeon Bookstore NYC!

Thursday, October 25 from 6–8 PM, Siglio invites you to celebrate the release of Frail Sister by Karen Green with a book signing at the newly opened Aeon Bookstore in NYC!
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/3/2018

We ❤️ Karen Green's 'Frail Sister'

We ❤️ Karen Green's 'Frail Sister'

Featured image is reproduced from Karen Green's artist book / literary hybrid, Frail Sister, one of our Staff Favorite Holiday Gift Books of 2018. "Sister," it reads, "Are we marked in some inexplicable way? What stars did Ma sew onto our sleeves, what designation have they? Maybe it is more like an odor we possess. We are not discarded in this war, no, we live. We are not crated and taken. We are the victors.
We do not become vapor and ash,
No, we live." continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/5/2018

Roxane Gay, 'The Paris Review' and 'Photo-Eye' on Karen Green's 'Frail Sister'

Roxane Gay, 'The Paris Review' and 'Photo-Eye' on Karen Green's 'Frail Sister'

Featured image is reproduced from Frail Sister, Karen Green's new book of collaged image and text by noted artist book publisher, Siglio Press. "What a beautiful, strange book," Roxane Gay writes in Goodreads, "found objects and fictional prose brought together to tell the real and imagined story of Constance Gale, through letters to her sister, letters from young men at war. From the beginning to the end of the book, we bear witness to a life, too-short but fully-lived. This is simply fascinating and gorgeously written, gorgeously assembled." Reviewed this week in The Paris Review, where Yevgeniya Traps considers the book "as an immersion, a piece of participatory theater, a way of getting lost among the artifacts of a civilization that eventually shows itself to have been ours all along," and Photo-Eye, where Karen Jenkins writes, "this is not only an additive project. The story is told as much in its subtractions, via overlaps, masking, and most cleverly, in the diminishing effect of words and images that challenge and contradict." continue to blog


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