Self-pity will only get you so far. When Alyson Salky finds that her lover is having an affair with her best friend - and he takes the dog with him when he moves out - and a man with worse credentials is hired over her at work, it's time to make some major life decisions. She keeps running into the neighborhood fortune teller, Madame Hope, who promises she can make Alyson's wishes come true - any wish, so why not a big wish? As far as Alyson can determine, the problem with her life is that she's getting all the crap that women get, and none of the free passes that men get. It's time to switch - it's time to see what life is like as a man - and while Madame Hope can get that done for her (in exchange for her soul), nothing really goes as planned. The devil, it turns out, has a sense of humor. But who will have the last laugh?
"A daring, challenging, intelligent novel that skewers gender stereotypes and expectations as it blasts society's lazy complicity in its everyday misogyny. And it's a novel that you should read. Like now." - Paul Tremblay
"This book allows us to examine the reality of what it means to be a man or a woman. I am reminded in part of the work of James Tiptree, Jr and Joanna Russ. THE MADE-UP MAN is a worthy companion." - Ann VanderMeer
Karen Heuler's stories have appeared in over sixty literary and speculative journals and anthologies, from Alaska Quarterly Review to Weird Tales. She has won an O. Henry award, was short-listed for the Iowa Short Fiction award, nominated for Pushcart and Best American Short Story awards, and was a finalist for the Bellwether Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. The New York Times called her first collection, The Other Door, "haunting and quirky." Her novels, including The Soft Room and Journey to Bom Goody, introduce readers to a world of unexpected stories and choices, some of them clear and some of them tricky.