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In the electric woman tessa fontaine is an escape artist determined to detonate the grim reality of mere existence taking us on the most original journey i can remember in a recent memoir as she moves through guises and adventures she learns how to become the woman her mother loves and the person she didnt think she could be her own marvelous self. She works as a snake charmer fire eater and ultimately as the woman who withstands the electricity in the electric chair half the book is her adventures with the circus and the people she meets the other half is her reflections back on her mother who had a massive stroke and the seeming i just finished the best memoir ive read in years theelectric woman by tessa fontaine. A book similar in type to tessa fontaines electric woman is all you can ever know a memoir by nicole chung is a story about losing your roots within your family and culture and what happens when you discover them it too is a memoir about fear and abandonment and they multi generational journey of the mother daughter dynamic. The electric woman a memoir in death defying acts by tessa fontaine 1 how did the electric woman change your perception of the human body and mind in their simultaneous journeys what do teresa and tessa show us about the nature of death defying acts 2. The electric woman a memoir in death excerpt excerpt excerpt the electric woman a memoir in death defying acts by tessa fontaine the architecture of a wave one day after the stroke october 2010 her arms were tucked against her sides she had been arranged