The Wallcreeper + Creature + Promising Young Women (Dorothy Publishing)
Join us for a very special reading from Dorothy, a publishing project dedicated to works of fiction or near fiction or about fiction, mostly by women.
Nell Zink's The Wallcreeper is a hilarious and uncompromising novel about a downwardly mobile secretary from Philadelphia who marries an ambitious pharmaceutical researcher in hopes that she will never work again. His job soon takes them to Europe, where she discovers that her new husband is tougher, sneakier, more sincere, more contradictory, and smarter than she is—she’d naturally assumed this was impossible. They live in Berne. They live Berlin. Bad things happen to both of them, but they stagger through, clinging to each other from a safe distance.
Amina Cain's Creature brings together short fictions set in the space between action and reflection, edging at times toward the quiet and contemplative, at other times toward the grotesque or unsettling. Like the women in Jane Bowles's work, Cain's narrators seem always slightly displaced in the midst of their own experiences, carefully observing the effects of themselves on their surroundings and of their surroundings on themselves. These stories offer not just a unique voice but a unique narrative space, a distinct and dramatic rendering of being-in-the-world.
Suzanne Scanlon's Promising Young Women is a series of fragmentary tales that tell the story of Lizzie, a young woman who, in her early twenties, unexpectedly embarks on a journey through psychiatric institutions, a journey that will end up lasting many years. With echoes of Sylvia Plath, and against a cultural backdrop that includes Shakespeare, Woody Allen, and the movie "Heathers," Suzanne Scanlon’s first novel is both a deeply moving account of a life of crisis and a brilliantly original work of art.
Praise for The Wallcreeper
“Nell Zink is a writer of extraordinary talent and range. Her work insistently raises the possibility that the world is larger and stranger than the world you think you know.”--Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom
“Who is Nell Zink? She claims to be an American expatriot living in northeast Germany. Maybe she is; maybe she isn’t. I don’t know. I do know that this first novel arrives with a voice that is fully formed: mature, hilarious, terrifyingly intelligent, and wicked. The novel is about a bird-loving American couple that moves to Europe and becomes, basically, eco-terrorists. This is strange, and interesting, but in between is some writing about marriage, love, fidelity, Europe, and saving the earth that is as funny and as grown-up as anything I’ve read in years. And there are some jokes in here that a young Don DeLillo would kill to have written. I hope he doesn’t kill Nell Zink.” —Keith Gessen, author of All The Sad Young Literary Men
Praise for Creature
“Amina Cain is a beautiful writer. Like the girl in the rear view mirror in your backseat, quiet, looking out the window half smiling, then not, then glancing at you, curious to her. That is how her thoughts and words make me feel, like clouds hanging with jets, and knowing love is pure.”--Thurston Moore
“In 14 prose pieces — it would be a mistake to call them ‘stories’ because the label underscores what's not there — Cain presents a series of female characters at loose ends. The go-to cliché would be to say they are in some way haunted, but that's not quite right. Rather, the intimate way in which Cain gradually exposes her characters makes it feel as though we are haunting them. . . . There are no stakes, no rising action, no arc. Just a wild kind of lostness that's as alluring as it is unsettling.”--Los Angeles Times
Praise for Promising Young Women
“About ten lives occur in this very short novel. One swiftly becomes the background of the next, then that one looms up fast and for a moment you think oh this is the life. And it is ending. I like the swift consciousness with which Suzanne Scanlon orchestrates all of it and even more I admire the true (and maneuvered) intimacy that holds me here on the page despite the fact that inside and out of this volume of Promising Young Women there are so many of us, lives, and women and female writers. You wonder if we matter at all and Suzanne Scanlon says in a multitude of quietly intelligent and felt ways that we do, helplessly, all of us do, no matter."--Eileen Myles
“The voice, or voices, in Suzanne Scanlon’s Promising Young Women are sly, tragic, knowing, wounded, and brave. This wholly original novel is a wonderfully refreshing addition to the many stories that tell us the news of women’s grief, rebuilding, coming to terms.”--Mary Gordon
Nell Zink's debut novel The Wallcreeper will be released by Dorothy, a publishing project in October 2014. Zink works as a translator for Zeitenspiegel Reportagen and lives in Bad Belzig, south of Berlin.
Amina Cain is the author of Creature (Dorothy, 2013) and I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figures Press, 2009). Her work as appeard in BOMB, n+1, The Paris Review daily and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles.
Suzanne Scanlon is the author of Promising Young Women (Dorothy, 2012). Her fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, DIAGRAM, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Poets & Writers, The Millions, The American Scholar, Time Out Chicago, and other magazines. She lives and works in Chicago.