Annie Oakley's Girl
"Brown's fourth (The Terrible Girls, 1992, etc.) mixes fantasy, conjecture, and some realism in seven stories that feature atmospheric neo-feminist allegories and fables. [...] Imagistic, edgy fictions about postmodern longing in a world off its screws--and where sadness seems to be a woman's only fate."
"Obsession, jealousy, and thoughts of death are the essence of this surrealistic short story collection by Brown ( The Terrible Girls , City Lights, 1992). In the title story, 'Annie,' a young girl is obsessed with Annie Oakley and everything Western, but obsession turns to disappointment when Annie Oakley arrives in the big city to promote Western fashions. In 'Folie a Deux,' a couple becomes blind and deaf to share each other's senses and isolate themselves from the outside world. This experiment creates a dependency that destroys their relationship. 'A Good Man' is the moving story of a young man dying of AIDS and his friendship with a woman who will not desert him during his illness. In 'The Death of Napoleon,' a woman becomes obsessed with the image of killing Napoleon, who is really a symbol for the lover she distrusts. Recommended for public libraries."
"One of the freshest, most memorable story collections of my lifetime. And 'A Good Man,' one of the most important. Rarer than the newness, the wit, the vivid readability, is the deep caring understanding, the wholeness, the truth which this astonishing, haunting writer creates her people. 'A Good Man' will be a revelation, an epiphany to many a reader."
"In Annie Oakley's Girl, people are so much larger, their motives, dreams and mysteries so much more complex than you ever imagined. Love is so much more dangerous, grief so much more powerful, hope so much more tenuous and necessary. I read everything Rebecca Brown writes, watch for her books and hunt down her short stories. She is simply one of the best contemporary lesbian writers around, and Annie Oakley's Girl is stunning."