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Fen

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A FOYLES Fiction Book of the Year 2016 Shortlisted for The Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2017 Longlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2017 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?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 170g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784702102
  • 9781784702106
  • 233,399

Review quote

"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 * 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 * Sunday Times * "There is big, dangerous vitality herein - this book marks the emergence of a great, stomping, wall-knocking talent." -- Kevin Barry "Reading the stories brought the sense of being trapped in a room slowly, but very surely, filling up with water. You think: this can't be happening. Meanwhile, hold your breath against the certainty it surely is." -- Cynan Jones, author of The Dig "Within these magical, ingenious stories lies all of the angst, horror and beauty of adolescence. A brilliant achievement." -- Evie Wyld "[A] remarkable debut... Johnson's well-judged narrative distance and her fine use of language...help to transform the familiar, the domestic, the provincial into something terribly beautiful." -- Anna Girling * Times Literary Supplement *show more

About Daisy Johnson

Daisy Johnson was born in 1990 and currently lives in Oxford. Her short fiction has appeared in The Boston Review and The Warwick Review, among others. In 2014, she was the recipient of the A. M. Heath prize. Her first book, Fen, won the 2017 Edge Hill Short Story Prize.show more

Review Text

"Poetic, risky… Johnson’s slippery and sensual stories-cum-chapters have an amphibious elemental quality and a contemporary provincial witchiness of their own."show more

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390 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
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4 36% (140)
3 32% (124)
2 7% (29)
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