“Because She Was a Woman” revives the literary vignette
“Life is comprised of thousands of fleeting moments. These are fleeting moments in the lives of a dozen women…” Thus begins an e-book collection of vignettes about the lives of a dozen women.
“For weeks, these women paraded in my head,” says Browne, “with different faces and names and personalities. Some I knew, some I just met. Some I liked, others I'd prefer no further contact. Some are presumably white, others are Latina, some are Asian and there is one that appears to be a minion of the Beast. Some are sweet, some are insecure, some are killers, some lie, and some are funny. Some love and others have forgotten how. Some are young and some are young at heart.”
“I remember ranting at the bar of some Greenwich Village jazz club about some feminist issue or another and the resident poet, Robert John, started to tell me a story, or perhaps it was a poem, and it began with the words, ‘And because she was a woman…’ I don’t remember much more than that, but that line has stayed with me for two decades and I knew it had to become the title of an anthology of short stories about women.”
The idea for the collection was born after an ongoing conversation about Christina Aguilera songs. “One of the tunes mentioned stuck in the back of my head. Somehow, this set up the background music to several images I had in my head into a complete picture. For a couple of days, these images floated in my head and began to mash into a larger landscape that I could not only see, but I heard it, I felt it. I was there!”
In “How Nadine and Libby Escaped Destiny,” one of the stories in the collection, a child is playing outside an old trailer and her mother watches her from within as the essence of the moment unfolds. It is a sad tale with haunting images; a tragedy that aspires to a happy ending.
The goal of the vignettes is to have the characters and a detail or two of their day or their lives seep into the consciousness of the reader – in the way that the details come alive in the readers’ own imagination. Some of the stories and characters are there to make the reader question the status quo, to turn stereotypes on their heads, to dare to suggest that women often are far more than what they appear to be skin deep.
“Because She Was a Woman” contains 12 vignettes. In “Rebirth” a woman discovers the joys of starting anew with the help of a friend and has a moment of complete abandon. In “Imbroglio Royale”, Lana goes through the motions and keeps on going desperately trying to find “normal” after wondering when her life turned into an episode of reality television. “The Proposal” explores a moment of victory in a stifling situation for Lenora. “Fair Game,” based oflg on a true story, follows Rosa as she goes on a job interview that turns out much differently than expected. “Independence Day” is a modern day fantasy about motherhood in which a woman makes one last ditch effort to bond with her teenager. “The Poet” is the heartbreaking tale of a woman contemplating the true meaning of ‘masterpiece’
The collection is available at Smashwords now at https://www.smashwords.com/
33,402 words, available in PDF, .mobi, e-pub and other electronic formats. Retail price: $2.99US
About the Author:
Kali Amanda Browne was born in New York City, came of age in Puerto Rico and has lived her entire adult life in Brooklyn, NY – writer, food enthusiast, devoted daughter, marketing specialist, technology analyst, big mouth with a daemon tongue, and super geek with pagan tendencies. You can follow all projects at http://amapolapress.weebly.com – from fiction, short stories, and cookbooks, to online articles and commerce, blogs and social media.
Other published works include the crime novel Justified; the cookbook series “Kali, The Food Goddess;” Remembrance of Dingbats, One Night with B.B., Putting May to Rest; a bilingual short story, La Chancleta; steampunk adventure/fantasy, Chronicles of Ash; and Spanish translations Recuerdos de Antes y Entonces, Una Noche con B.B., El Velorio de Maya, and Cuentos y Recuerdos: La Collección Latina.