tessa fontaine


THE ELECTRIC WOMAN


​FORTHCOMING FROM FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX in 2018


From Publisher's Weekly

Book Deals: Week of August 1, 2016

By Rachel Deahl | 
Jul 29, 2016

Fontaine Takes ‘Freak’ to FSG
Jenna Johnson, in her first acquisition at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, took North American rights, at auction, to Tessa Fontaine’s debut memoir, Freak. The book, which Trident Media Group’s Ellen Levine sold, chronicles the author’s experience as a new performer in a traveling sideshow, where she did everything from swallow swords to play a character called the Electric Woman. The author melds tales about circus life, FSG said, with her discovery of “her mother’s catastrophic illness, and her search for the possibilities of life and hope after heartbreak.”


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"Dispatch from the Carnival: And the Low Sky Opens," Hayden's Ferry Review, 2016
(Winner 2016 AWP Intro Journals Award, Nonfiction) 
http://haydensferryreview.com/dispatches/


"The Electric Woman," Autre Magazine, May 26, 2016
http://www.pasunautre.com/prosemain/2016/5/13/the-electric-woman


"Dispatch from the Carnival: Instructions for Losing Your Head," The Rumpus, December 2015 (Nominated for a Pushcart, 2015)
http://therumpus.net/2015/12/dispatch-from-the-carnival-5-instructions-for-losing-your-head/


"Dispatch from the Carnival: Taking in the Sword," The Rumpus, June 2015
(Nominated for a Pushcart, 2015)
http://therumpus.net/2015/06/dispatch-from-the-carnival-4-taking-in-the-sword/


"Dispatch from the Carnival: Bloodlust," The Rumpus, April 2014
http://therumpus.net/2014/04/dispatch-from-the-carnival-bloodlust/


"Notes from the Road: The Snake Charmer," The Rumpus, November 2013
http://therumpus.net/2013/11/notes-from-the-road-the-snake-charmer/


"The Trick is There is No Trick," The Rumpus, July 2013
http://therumpus.net/2013/07/the-trick-is-there-is-no-trick/