The Lost Daughter Collective

The Lost Daughter Collective

3.96 (134 ratings by Goodreads)
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Every woman was once a girl
and every girl was once a daughter
For every woman in the world,
there will always be laughter in slaughter.

Midnight at the Institute. Using bedtime stories as cautionary tales, a Wrist Scholar tells his only child of the Lost Daughter Collective: a fabled group of bereaved fathers who meet in an abandoned umbrella factory to mourn the loss of their girls. Over everything hangs the mystery of the Archivist's daughter--neither dead nor missing, but indisputably gone. Blurring the line between reality and artifice, far past and near future, Drager's satirical exploration of gender politics and identity queers the old adage: "A son is a son 'til he finds himself a wife, but a daughter is a daughter all her life."

With allusions to Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan, The Lost Daughter Collective is a gothic fairy tale fusing the fabulism of Donald Barthleme and Ben Marcus with the language play of Rikki Ducornet and Jenny Offill.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 137 x 213 x 15mm | 227g
  • English
  • 1941088732
  • 9781941088739
  • 27,223

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"An intelligent and densely layered story...a fleet and eerie novel, like the last strand of dream before waking."
--Kirkus Reviews

"The gorgeous language and urgent, controlled voice spark a complicated and cerebral narrative that contains more layers with each re-reading. ... The Lost Daughter Collective serves as an excellent addition to the canon of modern fairy tales."
--Black Warrior Review

"A catalogue of paternal neglect reminiscent of macabre German cautionary tales like Max und Moritz and Der Struwwelpeter."
--Quarterly West

The Lost Daughter Collective is a breathtaking book, an examination of loss in all of its heartbreaking forms and the stories that keep that loss alive. Drager's writing, the crystalline beauty of her sentences, renders these stories that much more wondrous. It's hard to accurately pinpoint just how she makes this novel encompass both comfort and pain in such equal measures, but I am grateful for its magic.
Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang

The Lost Daughter Collective is not subtly brilliant. Its brilliance washes over you in waves, again and again, immersing you in the text and giving you an experience of constant awe....Drager continues to be a force and should be recognized widely for her work.
- The Rumpus

Lindsey Drager boldly reinvents fairytales and evokes dystopic futures. The Lost Daughter Collective casts a bizarre and exquisite spell.
-Helen Phillips, author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat and Some Possible Solutions

Lindsey Drager's The Lost Daughter Collective is, among other things, a stately and meticulous catalogue of grief. It's not so much a narrative as an accumulation of immaculate sentences and paragraphs that grow into a garment, a body, an emersion. But most of all, it's an adventure of the in-between, my favorite place in the whole world.
- Jim Krusoe, author of The Sleep Garden
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About Lindsey Drager

Lindsey Drager is the author of The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015), winner of the 2016 Binghamton University / John Gardner Fiction Award. Originally from Michigan, she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the College of Charleston, where she teaches in the MFA program in fiction.
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Rating details

134 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 36% (48)
4 37% (50)
3 17% (23)
2 7% (9)
1 3% (4)
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