GalleyCrush: I Hold a Wolf by the Ears


Today’s GalleyCrush is Laura van den Berg’s I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux on June 9, 2020. Editor’s Note: This book’s publication date has been postponed to July 28, 2020. 

Perfect pitch: “An urgent and unsettling collection of women on the verge from Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel.”

First lines: “I want to tell you about the night I got hit by a train and died. The thing is—it never happened.”

Big blurb: “Another bravura display from one of our most imaginative storytellers. Each enthralling new plot seeks to uncover the essence of human experience by way of the uncanny. As enchanting as fairy tales, as mysterious as dreams, these exquisitely composed fictions are as urgent and original as any being written today.” —Sigrid Nunez

Book notes: Hardcover, fiction, 224 pages.

Author bio: Laura van den Berg is the author of the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, and the novels Find Me and The Third Hotel, the latter of which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and an Indie Next pick, and was named a best book of 2017 by more than a dozen publications. She is the recipient of a Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, a PEN/O. Henry Prize, and a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and is a two-time finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Born and raised in Florida, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and dog.