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Animal Wife

Lara Ehrlich

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Red Hen Press
01 November 2020
A short story collection about women's transformations from girls into wives, mothers, and monsters 'In villages where women bore most of the weight of a constricted life, witches flew by night on broomsticks,' said Italo Calvino of the way imagination bridges the gap between everyday existence and an idealised alternative.

The fifteen stories of Animal Wife are unified by girls and women who cross this threshold seeking liberation from family responsibilities, from societal expectations, from their own minds. A girl born with feathers undertakes a quest for the mother who abandoned her. An indecisive woman drinks Foresight, only to become stymied by the futures branching before her. A proofreader cultivates a cage-fighting alter ego. A woman becomes psychologically trapped in her car. A girl acts on her desire for a childhood friend as a monster draws closer to the shore. A widow invites a bear to hibernate in her den.

Animal Wife was selected as the winner of the Red Hen Fiction Award by New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood, who says of the collection, 'From the first sentence Animal Wife grabbed me and never let go. Sensual and intelligent, with gorgeous prose, it made me dizzy with its exploration and illumination of the inner and outer lives of girls and women.'
By:   Lara Ehrlich
Imprint:   Red Hen Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 127mm, 
ISBN:   9781597098847
ISBN 10:   1597098841
Pages:   168
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lara Ehrlich is the author of the short story collection Animal Wife, which was selected as the winner of the Red Hen Fiction Award by New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood, who says the book made [her] dizzy with its exploration and illumination of the inner and outer lives of girls and women. Lara's writing appears in StoryQuarterly, Hunger Mountain, the Massachusetts Review, and the Columbia Review, among others, and has been nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize. Lara has attended the Bread Loaf and Tin House writers' conferences, and she received a 2019 Parent-Writer Fellowship from the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Boston University, and she lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter. Visit her website at laraehrlich.com.

Reviews for Animal Wife

Featured Piece in LitHubWhat Becoming a Mermaid Taught Me About Being a Modern Woman by Lara Ehrlich. From the first sentence Animal Wife grabbed me and never let go. Sensual and intelligent, with gorgeous prose, it made me dizzy with its exploration and illumination of the inner and outer lives of girls and women. --Ann Hood, New York Times bestselling author Lara Ehrlich is a master stylist of the surreal, the fabulist, and the fantastic. I loved each of these whimsical, magical stories that centered around girls and women and their transformations (whether that be into women, mothers, or animals). I was particularly intrigued by the way Lara beautifully portrays the inner struggle between wildness and domesticity, the surreal elements of each story lending a mythical complexity to these conflicts. Really lovely and thought-provoking. Perfect for fans of Aimee Bender, Karen Russell, and Angela Carter. Also, if you're a language-lover and (like me) find yourself highlighting gorgeous prose, this collection is full of lines like this: In none of her lives will she be be brilliant or famous or content. Her mediocrity will hound her through a kaleidoscope of futures. I deeply enjoyed every story (and sentence) and find myself still thinking about them and the ideas they raise days after. --Joy Baglio, founder of Pioneer Valley Writer's Workshop Life is, for myriad reasons, untenable for the women (and girls) who inhabit Ehrlich's stories. Whether this is because they want what the modern world cannot possibly afford them or because the world is actively disinterested in their success and happiness is a question Ehrlich explores throughout this collection...The heroines of these stories must all deal with moments of rupture, occasionally violent and spectacular, and ultimately there's no going back. --Douglas Riggs of Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT These stories, and Ehrlich, are remarkable, and the collection is a standout in a season full of amazing new releases. --Corinne Segal, Literary Hub Whimsy and fantasy meet the way things really turn out in stories from a strong new voice. --Kirkus Reviews Strange, funny, fearsome, Animal Wife is a gorgeous book, weird in its very bones. --Elizabeth McCracken, author of Bowlaway: A Novel Lara Ehrlich has written a collection of stories that allow for escapism. --F(r)iction It is engaging at every turn of the page for its innovative approach. Ehrlich weaves compelling characters and situations, gripping images and language in her deft storytelling --Sandra Williams, Metapsychology Feature in Bostonia with author interview. Feature on the podcast Without Books. Featured in a Fresh Ink Book Editing newsletter. Book launch featured in The Westerly Sun. Featured in Electric Literature. Featured in The Day. Featured in Parade. Recommended by Vermont's own Bartleby's Books in their fall 2020 newsletter. Review at [PANK] Interviewed by Midwest Writers Workshop board member Lylanne Musselman. Interviewed by F(r)iction Lit contributor Suzie Bartholomew. Staff Pick at Malden Public Library in Malden, MA Featured on Poets and Writers


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