Noy Holland is the author most recently of Swim for the Little One First (FC2 2012) as well as What Begins with Bird (FC2) and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf). She has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and teaches writing in the graduate program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The stories gathered in Holland’s latest book vary in setting (Ecuador, Montana, Florida, the Berkshires, North Dakota, New Mexico, and California) and style (from the plainspoken to the fustian), but consistently present readers with what William H. Gass has described as “beautifully lyrical but bitter prose and . . . an ardent grimness of eye that is both unsettling and intensely satisfying.”
Christine Schutt is the author of two collections of stories, Nightwork and A Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer, and the novels Florida, a National Book Award finalist, All Souls, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and most recently Prosperous Friends (Grove Press 2012). Described by John Ashbery as “pared down but rich, dense, fevered, exactly right and even eerily beautiful,” Christine Schutt’s prose has earned her comparisons to Emily Dickinson and Eudora Welty. In her new novel, Schutt delivers a pitch-perfect, timeless and original work on the spectacle of love. Prosperous Friends follows the evolution of a young couple’s marriage as it is challenged by the quandaries of longing and sexual self-discovery.
Diane Williams—the author of seven books of fiction—is credited with having redefined the short story. Kirkus has called her the foremost advocate of flash fiction. She is also the founder and editor of the literary annual NOON. In her latest book, Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty (recently reissued by McSweeney’s in paperback), Vanity Fair contends that these new stories “emit an unsettling brilliance, becoming, on repeated readings, even stranger and more revelatory.” She is the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes.