Fiction. LET THE RIVERS CLAP THEIR HANDS is set in the rural Midwest. It draws on the physical landscape of the driftless zone—that area of the Midwest untouched by glaciers—as well as the interior landscape of those who live there. The two stories revolve around a grandmother and a granddaughter as the land around them is ravaged by man and by nature. There is a deep sense of history that runs through the book, and the past constantly returns in order to remind the characters that it is, even if not factually accurate, inescapable. The writing is predominantly realist, but always on the cusp of incorporating the supernatural.
Katherine Zlabek is a native of Wisconsin. Her work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, The Literary Review, and The Rumpus, among others. In 2012, she won an AWP Intro Journals Award. Her novel-in-stories Love Me, The World Is Mine has been a finalist in a number of competitions, including the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award. She earned her MFA from Western Michigan University and her PhD from the University of Cincinnati, where she was a Taft Dissertation Fellow.Author City: POTOSI, WI USA