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The Refrigerator Monologues

Fiction: Fantasy
Unabridged   4.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/26/2017

2018 Audie Finalist

The Refrigerator Monologues

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681689067
Digital Download ISBN:9781681689074


The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes. A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics.

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The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes. A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics.

From the New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente comes a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who's ever been "refrigerated": comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero's storyline will progress.

In an entirely new and original superhero universe, Valente subversively explores these ideas and themes in the superhero genre, treating them with the same love, gravity, and humor as her fairy tales. After all, superheroes are our new fairy tales and these six women have their own stories to share.


“Actor Campbell fully develops and differentiates the character voices of all six women.” —Publishers Weekly Audio

“Campbell particularly succeeds at delivering the production's riffs on literary and cultural themes contained in its stories of time travel and romance as well as slam-poetry-style commentary on gender politics and some late-twentieth-century song lyrics.” —AudioFile

“Karis A. Campbell's excellent reading is marred by an occasional mispronunciation but demonstrates her remarkable ability to conjure characters as she creates a unique voice for each of the book's six narrators.” —Library Journal Starred Review

"Bestseller Valente’s dazzling new story cycle creates its own comic book universe, complete with the gorgeously wrought prose pyrotechnics that readers have come to expect from her. . . . This is Valente at her sharpest and most pointed." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Valente proves her adroitness with imagery and emotion in this extraordinary book of linked stories." —Library Journal Starred Review

"It’s hard to single out one tale. They are all of a piece- and they expertly dissect a common type of lazy storytelling that still crops up far too frequently. It’s not about angry polemics; instead, these monologues have their own energy and life that is both painful and captivating” —Locus Magazine

“In this novella, the superhero girlfriend gets to tell her own version of events in the afterlife. The women’s voices are strong: bitter and full of pain, yet steel-tipped in sarcasm and humor." —The Washington Post

Author Bio

Catherynne M. Valente is a New York Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and poetry. She has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, and has won the Locus and Andre Norton award.