An Interview with Stacey Levine

Included in this month’s issue of the literary webzine, Word Riot, is an interview with the lovely Stacey Levine!

Her collection of short stories, The Girl With Brown Fur, will be available in March. gwbf (Click here to pre-order your copy from Amazon, or click here to find a local, independent bookstore where you may purchase it.) Until then, read the interview in which Ms. Levine addresses the issue of code in her stories, her love for the book’s cover art (by our amazing in-house artist, Dorothy Carico Smith!), the flattering comparisons being made between her and Franz Kafka, and the striking beauty of life’s interstitial moments.

About The Girl With Brown Fur

Rooted in the quotidian and often mundane details of everyday life, these wildly inventive stories will thrill readers of literary fiction who hunger for an innovative American voice. An otherworldly beauty shines through in each story as Levine probes the basic human desire for connection, turning our expectations—about our society as well as storytellingupside down.

In The Cats, a girl clones her beloved cat—and sole companion—in order to avoid being alone. In The World of Barry a wife lauds the comforts that come from being married to a seemingly ordinary man. In Lax Forb, a successful young businessman feels his body evaporating while in a taxi on his way from Cincinnati to Akron. And in “The Girl,” a hotel guest attempts to kidnap a girl in order to liberate her from the man who keeps her on a leash.

Magical, funny, and often darkly poetic, these are modern tales that mine the borders between dreams and conscious life, inviting us on a voyage through places and times at once deeply familiar and wondrously strange.

About the Author

Stacey Levine grew up in St. Louis and lives in Seattle. She is the author of two novels, Frances Johnson and Dra–, as well as the story collection My Horse and Other Stories, which won the PEN/West fiction award in 1994. Her fiction has been published in Tin House, Fence, Witness, the Fairy Tale Review, the Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. The Girl With Brown Fur is her fourth book.

Praise for Stacey Levine

“Levine’s prose is compelling and intriguing and risky…It gets beneath the skin and searches for vulnerable tissue; not a safe place to be, but certainly worth the danger.”

Review of Contemporary Fiction

“Levine wanders through the house of the psyche, tracking mud on the carpets.”

Seattle Weekly

Levine’s work is, at least technically, ‘surreal,’ but like much of the best writing that maps the borders between dreams and conscious life, its subtle disjunctions create a zone that often feels more real than ‘reality’ itself. She is one of the most interesting writers working in America today, startling and idiosyncratic in the best sense.

San Francisco Bay Guardian

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~ by Melissa on February 16, 2009.

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