The Refrigerator Monologues (Hardcover)
I know people often refer to it as the “cold, hard truth,” and while the truth Cat shares in THE REFRIGERATOR MONOLOGUES is often hard, it is warm with a steady pulse, even when her narrators may not be. These are not the meek women who wait for their heroes to save the day, they fight to take what they want and champion their own truths--although at the end of the day they have all become residents of Deadtown, the grey afterlife where spirits crave entertainment and stories the way the living desire food. In a superhero universe of her own creation, Cat deconstructs the archetype we’re so familiar with, the dashing hero always triumphs in the end and so all is well, regardless of what sacrifices had to be made for the greater good. Cat gives voices to some of these sacrifices, offering them an opportunity to find if not closure, then community, which may be the most important part after all.— Steph
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.