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The Town of Whispering Dolls

"What beauties these stories are.  Susan Neville has an imagination not only rich and strange but also very much a moral imagination.  How gentle and shocking is her view of what humans have done, and what a find this book is."—Joan Silber, author of Improvement

 

"These stories are gems. Neville's prose feels sourced from poetry, with its deft metaphors and fleet movement between the real and surreal, leaving the reader in a kind of dream landscape, recognizable yet askew, replete with the chilly thrill of inhabiting a new world. This foreign yet familiar place is the so-called flyover country, our country's heartland, and at a time of decline, of abandonment, of aging, of death. The voices in these stories are eloquent and profound, personal and national, serving as a chorus, singing the complex song of loss and praise, the elegy."—Antonya Nelson, author of Funny Once: Stories and Bound: A Novel

Winner of the 2019 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Innovative Fiction from Fiction Collective 2. Forthcoming, March 2020.