Fen (Paperback)Daisy Johnson (author)
From the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of Everything Under.
The Fen is a liminal land. Real people live their lives here. They wrestle with sex and desire, with everyday routine. But the wild is always close at hand, ready to erupt. This is a place where animals and people commingle and fuse, where curious metamorphoses take place, where myth and dark magic still linger.
So here a teenager may starve herself into the shape of an eel. A house might fall in love with a girl. A woman might give birth to a, well, what?
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm
'Daisy Johnson's story collection Fen was unanimously beloved... firmly situating her among the UK's most exciting new voices.' - Marta Bausells, Elle
'Just finished rereading Daisy Johnson's story collection Fen. Just as powerful and beautiful and dark and strange as the first time. One of my favourite books of all time.' - Jeff Vandermeer
'Johnson's heady broth of folklore, female sexuality and fenland landscape reads like a mix of Graham Swift and Angela Carter... For atmosphere, originality and plain chutzpah, this is an impressive first collection.' - Sarah Crown, The Guardian
'Poetic, risky... Johnson's slippery and sensual stories-cum-chapters have an amphibious elemental quality and a contemporary provincial witchiness of their own.' - Phil Baker, The Sunday Times
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