AMELIA GRAY reads from her new novel ISADORA with STEPH CHA

Isadora (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

Isadora is a shocking and visceral portrait of an artist and woman drawn to the brink of destruction by the cruelty of life. In her breakout novel, Amelia Gray offers a relentless portrayal of a legendary artist churning through prewar Europe. Isadora seeks to obliterate the mannered portrait of a dancer and to introduce the reader to a woman who lived and loved without limits, even in the darkest days of her life.

“The endlessly inventive Gray (whose story “Labyrinth” from The New Yorker is a gem) creates a fictional interpretation of Isadora Duncan, once described as the “woman who put the Modern into Modern Dance.” A dancer who mixed the classical, sacred, and sensual, Duncan is the perfect subject matter for Gray; if a writer can expertly resurrect the Theseus myth at a small-town fair, then she can do justice to a life as inspiring — and troubled — as Duncan’s.” ―The Millions

Praise for Amelia Gray’s Gutshot

“Reading Gutshot is a little like being blindfolded and pelted from all sides with fire, Jell-O and the occasional live animal. You’ll be messy at the end and slightly beaten up, but surprised and certainly entertained . . . She pushes against the outer limits of what humans can and will do.”―Ramona Ausubel, The New York Times Book Review

“Amelia Gray sounds like no one else. Her writing is by turns horrifying, funny, sexy and grotesque, but woe be to those who want to pin it down as horror, comedy, romance or fantasy.”—Colin Dwyer, NPR

“Viscerally wicked.” —Natalie Beach, O, The Oprah Magazine

“The 38 stories in Gutshot may be short, but they’re also downright haunting. Gray’s characters are often dark, awkward, and funny—a serial vomiter, unlikely conjoined twins—and lurking through desolate landscapes, finding small, strange joys.” —Steph Opitz, Marie Claire

Amelia Gray is the author of several books: AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, THREATS, and Gutshot. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and is the winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award as well as the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest. She lives in Los Angeles.

Photo by Matthew Chamberlain

Steph Cha is the author of Follow Her HomeBeware Beware, and Dead Soon Enough. She's the noir editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. She lives in her native city of Los Angeles with her husband and two basset hounds.

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