The Refrigerator Monologues (Hardcover)
Often in superhero comics, women are more plot device than character. They are tortured, murdered, and stuffed into refrigerators to motivate the leading man, who says something along the lines of: “She will not have died in vain; her death will be avenged!” The Refrigerator Monologues gives a voice to these girlfriends of superheroes, and they are pissed. Valente has not saved these women—the book takes place in Hell—instead she allows their narrative to be rewritten, giving them a voice and letting them scream. The result, in true Valente style, is as dark and emotional as it is cheeky and comical. -Emma— From Summer Booknotes 2017
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.