Episode 342 — Alexis Coe

   
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Alexis Coe is the guest. She is the author of Alice + Freda Forever, available now from Pulp/Zest Books.

Peter Orner says

Alexis Coe rescues a buried but extraordinarily telling episode from the 1890’s that resonates in all sorts of ways with today. That in itself would be an accomplishment. But this is a book that is truly riveting, a narrative that gallops. Lizzy Borden eat your heart out. Here’s a real crime of passion. Or was it? ‘And so Alice carried the razor around every day in her dress pocket, just in case Freda came to town…’ I dare you to pick this one up and try, just try to put it down.

And Vol. 1 Brooklyn says

Though the history recounted in Alexis Coe’s Alice + Freda Forever is captivating in its own right, Coe also provides a larger context for it, elevating this to the level of a societal indictment. This story of a star-crossed love with a violent ending at times reads like a microcosm of Memphis at the end of the 19th century. As Coe’s narrative delves into perceptions of sexuality and the ways in which the case touched on different aspects of daily life, it never loses sight of the tragic romance at its core.

Monologue topics: mail, Chelsea Hodson, prurience, sex, manners, gender.