Daisy Johnson: Fen & Dalia Rosenfeld: The Worlds We Think We Know

The Worlds We Think We Know

Join us in welcoming Daisy Johnson, author of Fen, and Dalia Rosenfeld, author of The Worlds We Think We Know, as they launch their debut short story collections!

Daisy and Dalia will read from their new collections, followed by a short audience Q&A. Admission is free. 

About Fen: Set in the marshy fenlands of eastern England, Daisy Johnson’s stunning debut story collection Fen transmutes the flat, uncanny landscape into something darkly rich and brooding. Amid the sodden paths, a teenager might starve herself into the shape of an eel. A house might fall in love with a girl and grow jealous of her friend. A boy might return from the dead in the guise of a fox. Out beyond the confines of realism, the familiar instincts of sex and hunger blend with the shifting, unpredictable wild as the line between human and animal is effaced by myth and metamorphosis. With a fresh and utterly contemporary voice, Johnson lays bare these stories of women testing the limits of their power to create a startling work of fiction—a blend of folklore and restless invention.

About The Worlds We Think We Know: Fiercely funny and entirely original, this debut collection of stories takes readers from the United States to Israel and back again to examine the mystifying reaches of our own minds and hearts.
The characters of The Worlds We Think We Know are animated by forces at once passionate and perplexing. At a city zoo, a mismatched couple unite by releasing rare birds. After being mugged in the streets of New York, a professor must repeat the crime to recover his memory―and his lost love. In Tel Aviv, a sandstorm rages to expose old sorrows and fears as far away as Ohio. And from an unnamed Eastern European country, a woman haunts the husband who left her behind for a new life in America.
In Dalia Rosenfeld's prose, the foreign becomes familiar and the mundane magical. The Worlds We Think We Know is a dazzling debut―clear-eyed, empathetic, and heartbreaking.

Fen is available now from Graywolf Press and The Worlds We Think We Know is out now from Milkweed Editions.