The Wilds

The Wilds Review

At an obscure South Carolina nursing home, a lost world reemerges as a disabled elderly woman undergoes newfangled brain-restoration procedures and begins to explore her environment with the assistance of strap-on robot legs. At a deluxe medical spa on a nameless Caribbean island, a middle-aged woman hopes to revitalize her fading youth with grotesque rejuvenating therapies that combine cutting-edge medical technologies with holistic approaches and the pseudo-religious dogma of Zen-infused self-help. And in a rinky-dink mill town, an adolescent girl is unexpectedly inspired by the ravings and miraculous levitation of her fundamentalist friend’s weird grandmother. These are only a few of the scenarios readers encounter in Julia Elliott’s debut collection, The Wilds. In these genre-bending stories, teetering between the ridiculous and the sublime, Elliott’s language-driven fiction uses outlandish tropes to capture poignant moments in her humble characters’ lives. Without abandoning the tenets of classic storytelling, Elliott revels in lush lyricism, dark humor, and experimental play.

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  • Gea

    I can't do this anymore. I really tried, but I just can't continue. Something must be wrong with me. Everyone is raving about this and it's quite evident The Wilds is full of agile, incredible writing...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Reviewing a short story collection is a bit of a conundrum - do you review story by story or the overall feeling of the collection as a whole? I always worry that overall feeling sells the moments of ...

  • Katie

    Copy provided by GoodReads First Reads program. This book was weird. Gross. Uncomfortable. Icky. I found it also: funny, charming, well-written, and a great collection of short stories. I had a feelin...

  • Diane S ?

    1st story 'The Whipping' strange, how easily the strange is accepted as normal within a family.2nd story, Limbs, rather fascinating and innovative, senior and dementia home where some are given brain ...

  • Pixie

    If they still teach southern lit at UGA, I hope they put this book on the syllabus. "Southern gothic" with a dash of satire, it's as if Wednesday Addams moved to the south and became a writer (and foo...

  • Noelia Alonso

    11 short stories. I enjoyed 3. I DNFed 5. The remaining 3 were okay. I knew they were gonna be bizarre but I guess I wasn't in the mood for this. A shame....

  • Keith

    I’m going to rip off something from Matt Bell’s Facebook page for my review of The Wilds By Julia Elliot:“It's easier for people to let go if the world is strange. In a realist story, it sometim...

  • Elle Maruska

    I loved how absolutely, unapologetically gross this collection was. The author lovingly describes the disgusting details of being human, of being organic lifeforms, of being in love and growing up and...

  • Patrick

    Julia Elliott's The Wilds.A fantastical collection of short stories, a Katamari ball of psychics, vegans, and other trendy pop-intellectual characters all fleshed out in the most cartoonish way. She l...

  • Jenni

    This is a collection of short stories. I thought this book was really beautifully written. There is definitely a certain dark intensity about all of the stories in this book. I had a few favorites, an...