Erase and Rewind  


Erase and Rewind
Book*hug Press | May 18, 2021 | 200 pages
ISBN: 9781771666787

An assault survivor realizes she can rewind time and relives the experience in order to erase it. A teen athlete wonders why she isn't more afraid of death when the plane carrying her team catches fire. The daughter of a superhero ruminates on how her father neglected his children to pursue his heroics. Two shut-in depressives form a bond on Twitter while a deadly virus wipes out most of the population of North America. Meghan Bell's debut collection of short stories is a highwire balance of levity and gravity, finding the surreal in everyday life. Told from the perspective of female protagonists--from early teens to early thirties--Erase and Rewind probes the complexities of living as a woman in a skewed society. Quirky, intelligent and darkly comic, Bell's work picks at rape culture, sexism in the workplace, uneven romantic and platonic relationships, and the impact of trauma under late-stage capitalism. This collection of contemporary feminist work can be devoured in a single sitting. It both scours and heals the pain of modern existence. Praise for Erase and Rewind: A tough compelling new voice that tells us what it's like to be young nowadays. Meghan Bell is a writer to watch. --Susan Swan, author of The Dead Celebrities Club