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Catapult, Fridlund,  Emily
Catapult
Emily Fridlund

Paperback $19.99 - Hachette Australia
Fiction - Published: 27/Feb/2018 - ISBN: 9781474609081

Selected by Ben Marcus as winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction

'Fridlund writes of families, marriage, and childhood as if our received wisdom-what we thought we knew about life and love and family-needs reparation. This is fiction as excavation, peeling away the machinery of people and converting it to narrative. Fridlund shines a spotlight on what gets hidden and unreported, and the result can be overwhelming-cutting and funny and filled with difficult truth' Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet

Sometimes calculating, at other times bewildered, CATAPULT's characters orbit around each other, enacting a deeply human tragicomedy of wit, misunderstanding, and loss. With dexterous, atmospheric, and darkly comic prose, Fridlund conjures worlds where longing is open-ended, intentions misfire, and the line between comfort and cruelty is often difficult to discern. This is a gripping collection, unsettling as much in its familiarity as in its near-gothic strangeness. Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Her collection of stories, Catapult, was chosen by Ben Marcus for the Mary McCarthy Prize. She lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York. History of Wolves is her first novel.

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