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Most Fridays we feature a fiction title that is usually anything pulp, odd covers, odd titles and anything else worth discussing! These are NOT necessarily awful.

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Friday Fiction: Monique’s Nightmare

Le Calvaire de Monique
de Francheville
1953

Submitter: I submit this book even if it is in French as it is my favorite weeded book of all time. The title “Le calvaire de Monique” means pretty much “Monique’s nightmare.” However, as you can see, Monique never lost her great smile! The history is also delightful : Monique is a young French-Canadian who has two prospects : a poor but honest French-Canadian-Catholic guy and Peter, a wealthy Anglo-Protestant man. Monique wishes to have a better life than her parents so she decided to marry the Protestant one. OMG OMG OMG! Their interfaith relationship turns sour (of course) and Monique is left alone with a baby by her English husband. This is a cruel lesson for a young women who wanted to be “modern” and decided to get married outside the Catholic Church.

Holly: At first glance, it looks like a delightful 1950s book about a delightful 1950s girl. (Still a weeder – this copy is being held together with tape and a prayer.) The story line Submitter describes definitely sounds nightmarish. “Calvaire” translates (in Google Translate, anyway…I don’t speak French) to Calvary, which is the place where Jesus was crucified. The poor dear was certainly punished for her transgressions, from the sounds of it. In 1953 this must have been quite controversial!

 

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Please take me to the Prom

Junior Prom
Aks
1982

Another special from the teen fiction section. I saw this cover girl and I wanted to know if maybe she had been practicing posing in front of the mirror to make that awful dress look better.  But I digress. Although prom and dating are staples of teen life and fiction, I would imagine this book could be retired quite easily since no one wants Mom’s super cool 80s look.

Mary

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Teen Furries

Going Steady

The Day the Senior Class Got Married

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Friday Fiction – Hong on the Range

Hong on the Range
Wu
1989

Submitter: We came across this 1989 copyright doozie awhile ago while we were doing our first major weed.  It has been stored in our favorite weed collection for a few years now.  It features a cyborg cowboy in a dystopian post-apocalyptic western frontier.  His name is Hong and he has to prove himself.  This gem was written before dystopia was a thing.  I am surprised we don’t have a line to check it out. Even the animals are cyborg, such as the oxenites.  The author even has some creative cowboy tunes scattered about. Can’t put it down!

Holly: This is cataloged as juvenile fiction. I can maybe see adults going for it, but kids or teens? That would be a hard sell in my public library. It was a nominee for both the Nebula and Hugo awards, so someone clearly enjoyed it (and in the immortal words of Ranganathan, “Every book his/her reader”). It’s a weird mashup of futuristic and historical, with the wagons and the range but also the cyborgs.

I’m more intrigued by Submitter’s “favorite weed collection.” Tell us more about that, Submitter!

More Friday Fiction:

Meanest Doll in the World

Will You Be My Brussels Sprout?

Teen Furries

Venusia (NSFW!)

 

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