Monthly Archives: June 2013

Short Story Of The Week

“In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” by Amy Hempel. One of the greats. 

What seems dangerous often is not—black snakes, for example, or clear-air turbulence. While things that just lie there, like this beach, are loaded with jeopardy. A yellow dust rising from the ground, the heat that ripens melons overnight—this is earthquake weather. You can sit here braiding the fringe on your towel and the sand will all of a sudden suck down like an hourglass. The air roars. In the cheap apartments on-shore, bathtubs fill themselves and gardens roll up and over like green waves. If nothing happens, the dust will drift and the heat deepen till fear turns to desire. Nerves like that are only bought off by catastrophe.”


Thrilled to be able to share these kinds words for ISLE by two writers I admire hugely:

“Laura van den Berg is one of the most freakishly talented young writers at work today, and a master of the short story form. Hers are deliciously unnerving, moving and monstrous tales.” – Karen Russell

The Isle of Youth is simply astonishing. Each story is more surprising, more urgent, more savagely frank than the last. This is an awe-inspiring and necessary collection from one of the most sure-footed writers of our time.” – Claire Vaye Watkins

The cover for THE ISLE OF YOUTH is in! It will look like this. Thanks to Nayon Cho at FSG for the beautiful design.