Book Description: Award-winning author Peg Alford Pursell explores and illuminates love and loss in 78 hybrid stories and fables. A Girl Goes into the Forest immerses readers in the complex desires, contradictions, and sorrows of daughters, wives, and husbands, artists, siblings, and mothers. In forests literal and metaphorical, the characters try, fail, and try again to see the world, to hear each other, and to speak the truth of their longings: powerful, lyrical, and precise, Pursell’s stories call up a world at once mysterious and recognizable. A Girl Goes into the Forest invites fans of Lydia Davis and Helen Oyeyemi into a world where “no one can deter a person from her mistakes.” The book is currently short-listed for the 2020 California Book Award.

Genre(s): Fiction, Short Stories

Author: Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A GIRL GOES INTO THE FOREST, (Dzanc Books, July 2019), currently short-listed for the Northern California Booksellers Award 2020, and of SHOW HER A FLOWER, A BIRD, A SHADOW, the 2017 Indies Book of the Year for Literary Fiction. Her microfiction, flash fiction, and hybrid prose have been nominated for the Best American Short Story 2020 anthology, Best Microfiction 2020 anthology, Best of the Net 2020, and the Pushcart Prize 2020. She is the founder and director of WTAW Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary books, and a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto.

Format: Paperback

Date of Drawing: May 9

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