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Publisher's Summary

The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes. A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics.
From the New York Times best-selling author Catherynne Valente comes a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who's ever been "refrigerated": comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero's storyline will progress.
In an entirely new and original superhero universe, Valente subversively explores these ideas and themes in the superhero genre, treating them with the same love, gravity, and humor as her fairy tales. After all, superheroes are our new fairy tales and these six women have their own stories to share.
©2017 Catherynne M. Valente (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 01-31-18

Glorious

Catherynne Valente can do no wrong. I have never been disappointed by one of her stories, but this book may be my favorite.

Karis Campbell's performance was breathtaking. Each character came alive and had her unique voice expressed thoroughly due to Campbell's careful reading.

I cannot rate this book highly enough. I have already listened to it twice, and I will listen to it many more times.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christopher.h.ferguson on 05-01-18

Excellent! Wish there were more

Great storyline, love how it’s tied together(inventive!), and how it’s paced; some works don’t do as well being listened to, but this book was well suited to the approach. Top-notch narration, as well. I hate to gush like this but hey, there it is. My only complaint is that there were not 30 hours of it to listen to :).
On the + side of that, plenty of room for a sequel.

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