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Bye-Bye

JANE RANSOM
Copyright Date: 1997
Published by: NYU Press
Pages: 198
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt9qfkq4
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    Bye-Bye
    Book Description:

    Jane Ransom's Bye-Bye is a darkly comic first novel, both sexy and profoundly philosophical. The protagonist/narrator is a bisexual divorcee in Manhattan who assumes a false identity in an effort to escape the past and to spy on her own life. While exploring issues of gender and self, Bye-Bye deals provocatively with performance art, SandM, personal ads and art in the 90s.

    eISBN: 978-0-8147-6941-6
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. ByE - ByE
    (pp. ix-188)

    I draw her outline, head to toe.

    What follows is not easy.

    I pin the bottom of the page under my right wrist, while tugging the top margin up with my left hand, stretching the paper taut like the side of a pup tent. With my right hand I stab the picture repeatedly with a needle, staying inside the lines, never pricking the same place twice.

    Now her skin’s as rough as a cheese grater. I clip around the riddled figure, wad her into a crisp sponge, drop her into hot chocolate.

    Bye Mom.

    My mother used to stride through...

  4. Back Matter
    (pp. 189-189)