Author(s): Emily Fridlund
Selected by Ben Marcus as winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction'Fridlund writes of families, marriage, and childhood as if our received wisdom-what we thought we knew about life and love and family-needs reparation. This is fiction as excavation, peeling away the machinery of people and converting it to narrative. Fridlund shines a spotlight on what gets hidden and unreported, and the result can be overwhelming-cutting and funny and filled with difficult truth' Ben Marcus, author of The Flame AlphabetSometimes calculating, at other times bewildered, Catapult's characters orbit around each other, enacting a deeply human tragicomedy of wit, misunderstanding, and loss. With dexterous, atmospheric, and darkly comic prose, Fridlund conjures worlds where longing is open-ended, intentions misfire, and the line between comfort and cruelty is often difficult to discern. This is a gripping collection, unsettling as much in its familiarity as in its near-gothic strangeness.
Fridlund is a fine writer and her work is cut through with moments of sparse beauty * FINANCIAL TIMES on HISTORY OF WOLVES * One of the most intelligent and poetic novels of the year * NEW STATESMAN on HISTORY OF WOLVES * As exquisite a first novel as I've ever encountered. Poetic, complex and utterly, heartbreakingly beautiful -- T. C. Boyle, author of The Harder They Come on HISTORY OF WOLVES So delicately calibrated and precisely beautiful that one might not immediately sense the sledgehammer of pain building inside this book. And I mean that in the best way. What powerful tension and depth -- Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake on HISTORY OF WOLVES Emily Fridlund's language is generous and precise, her story grief-tempered and forcefully moving. History of Wolves is the loneliest thing I've read in years, and it's gorgeous. These are haunted pages -- Leif Enger on HISTORY OF WOLVES
Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Her collection of stories, Catapult, was chosen by Ben Marcus for the Mary McCarthy Prize. She lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York. History of Wolves is her first novel.