Jenny Sampirisi Discusses her 'Abject Obsession' with Open Book Toronto
Open Book: Tell us about your book Croak.
Jenny Sampirisi: Croak is really, at its core, a book about relationships and the ways people compromise themselves and each other in love. The frogs and the girls of the collection are in constant flux. They’re changing: growing new limbs, losing others, slowly fusing together to become the Frogirls. It’s playing with a lot of the history of Frogs in cartoons, literature and in the real world.
OB: What recurring themes or obsessions do you notice turning up in your writing?
JS: I can’t get away from bodies. The internal minds of my characters always seem to play out through physical distress. In is/was [Sampirisi's debut novel] the characters were all struggling internally both in body and mind. We all spend so much time inside our heads, I think we sometimes forget we even have a body unless something is 'wrong' with it. The subjects of my books are always in a state of physical transformation. It’s an abject obsession.
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