In the Time of the Girls

"Germanacos’s stories leap from myth to domestic scene to essayistic meditation, all the while expertly mapping their own movement; she is a bold and exacting chronicler of the love affair between form and content. In the Time of the Girls offers both the great seductions of the short story and—at the same time, with a mischievous facility—an exhilarating study of the act of fiction-making."

--Hilary Plum, The Kenyon Review

"The connections Germanacos creates in these stories is arguably her greatest gift. We are intimates, guests at the party after the party, where the real conversation takes place. The studied directness of each miniature unveils for the reader the angst and joys inherent in an examined life. After traveling the globe of the mind with Germanacos, one feels an abiding commitment to the role of geography and gender in the journey to self-understanding."

--Catherine Parnell, Salamander

"The seductive, sly, smart fictions in Anne Germanacos’s debut display a remarkable range. These astute stories investigate matters personal and public, religious and political, physical and psychological—all in a language that’s forthright and clear, yet wonderfully allusive as well. Germanacos’s tales tackle big questions about the making, keeping, and risking of love. Ultimately, they interrogate selfhood: can it stand up to the questioning? We need this kind of rigor and playfulness—and candor."

--Martha Cooley, author of The Archivist and Thirty-Three Swoons

“In In the Time of the Girls, Anne Germanacos has hammered the solid of expected form to disclose the fine fracture lines that map how it really is—between men and women, women and women, myths and memories…The echoing narratives convey a rich, mysterious flow of possibility, and a sense of ancient energies pushing up into the ongoing present.“

--Sven Birkerts, author of My Sky Blue Trades: Growing up Counter in a Contrary Time

Germanacos’ inquisitive eye scans the landscape from rural Greece to urban San Francisco. Her haunting, compressed narratives are as elegant and detailed as Persian miniatures. The gods live in these rich tales, and so do 21st century wives and husbands, sons and daughters, priests and artists.

--Louise Steinman, author of The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War

"Anne Germanacos takes us into a rich mythic and poetic world and crafts an astonishing array of characters in a dreamscape that ignites imagination and vision and compels us to see far beyond the ordinary and the mundane into an extraordinary range of human emotion. She is a gifted storyteller whose inventiveness with both language and form will transport and amaze."

--Michael Krasny, host of KQED's Forum, author of Off Mike, A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life

"Anne Germanacos’ literary form defies traditional classification—bridging prose and poetry—it must be experienced. Each piece is a small gem. Her cavalcade of human beings—their emotions, their worlds—is arresting, haunting, memorable."

--Howard Gardner, author of CREATING MINDS

"It's astonishing how nimbly Anne Germanacos glides across presupposed boundaries — between dream and myth, between poetry and prose, between her own dueling provenances of ancient Aegean islands and the modern San Francisco peninsula. A gifted perceiver, Germanacos writes in a deceptively snapshotty style, gathering up fleeting yet multitudinous moments, laying them out in dazzling arrays. Her new collection, In the Time of the Girls (BOA Editions, $14), never sits still or bogs down. It's a kaleidoscope of stories within stories, gemlike shards. Here's one, from "Ovid Sings": "The Barbies had started it — in the way they'd rearranged their limbs in the night, offering themselves to her like a bright idea." Here's another, from "Caffeine": "Early morning thunderstorm. The clarity of the light makes you want to eat the sky."

--Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly (11/​4/​10)

"Germanacos shines in her ability to tap into the collective consciousness of women as she deftly articulates the moments where our lives intersect...

....A cacophony of insights, Germanacos bravely and creatively tackles gender, race, religion, imperialism, and more, always returning to the nebulous experience of being “girl.”

--Alicia Sowisdral, elevate difference,9/​29/​10