Yesterday at the Ferguson Center Forum, author Kellie Wells read her short story, “Ever After,” which was published in this year’s issue of The Fairy Tale Review. Wells is a professor of English at the University, has won the Flannery O’Connor award for her short fiction, and published her second novel, Fat Girl, Terrestrial, through FC2 this October.
Wells describes “Ever After” as a “retelling and corruption of the story of Adam and Eve.” It’s written from the perspective of Eve, and full of dense symbolism, comparing the sky to “tabernacles made of the stretched hide of blue goats.” Wells also made some major changes to the story as it is told in the Bible. Instead of Adam naming the animals, Eve renames them after him. A snapping turtle tempts Eve instead of a serpent. Eve has a very atypical relationship with her children, Cain and Abel. After about 35 minutes, Wells finished
During the Q&A portion of the lecture, Wells explained that while the objections to the gender roles in Genesis are well documented (“they made women responsible for sin, blahh[sic]!”) she still wanted to submit her own creative interpretation of the ancient story. She said she was mainly interested in the idea of being the first person to experience time as we know it.
The lecture was a part of the Brown Bag Lecture Series, presented by the Women’s Resource Center.
Wells’ novels are available through the University of Alabama Press. The UA Press supports the works of several professors and alumni of the University.