Fiction. The characters in this collection are searching for something more: in the markings on tortoise shells, on other planets, with new lovers and altered identities. These characters know there are whole worlds out there that have never been seen, some as distant as the Amazon rain forest, others as close as a neighbor's house, the curtains left open. Laura van den Berg helps us discover these worlds, blending the mundane and routine with the strange and unexpected. The search won't always end with the stories—these restless narrators will always be left with mysteries unsolved, questions unanswered and hidden aches not quite healed—but what they see along the way will be nothing short of marvelous.
Laura van den Berg is the author of the novel Find Me, longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and selected as a "Best Book of 2015" by NPR and Time Out New York. She is also the author of the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, both finalists for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her honors include the Bard Fiction Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer's Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and an O. Henry Award, and her fiction has been recently anthologized in The Best American Short Stories.Author City: BOSTON, MA USA