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The Refrigerator Monologues

By Catherynne M. Valente
Narrated by Karis A. Campbell / 4 hours 48 minutes
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The Refrigerator Monologues

“Cat Valente is already one of my favorite writers, and I'm a big superhero fan, so I'm not surprised that I enjoyed the hell out of this book. Each story is beautifully written and heart wrenchingly upsetting. I wanted things to go well for these characters. I knew from the start they wouldn't get happy endings, but still I hoped. It was upsetting in the best way and so painful that I'm still thinking about it a day later. But audiobooks are more than just the words, and I have to praise Karis A Campbell's performance for really bringing this book to life. Her character voices were so distinct and filled with character that I had to actually double check and make sure it was just one reader and not a full cast. The raw emotion she gave each woman as they told their stories twisted my heart in the best ways. I loved it. I can't recommend it highly enough.”

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The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes. A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics. From the New York Times bestselling 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.

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