Barren Island

Carol Zoref (Author)

Product Details

New Issues Poetry and Prose
Publish Date
October 10, 2017
5.0 X 8.01 X 1.1 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author

CAROL ZOREF is a fiction writer and essayist. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University. She lives in New York City.


"What isn't Carol Zoref's remarkable first novel about? Set on a tiny, precarious, repugnant and rank splinter of land where New York City's dead horses were once rendered into grease, her book is nevertheless rich with family, friendship, romance and incipient moral consciousness on a tiny precarious planet with the smell of fascism in the air. In every way that matters, Barren Island is abundant."--Melvin Jules Bukiet, author of After and Strange Fire (1/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"What's extraordinary about Barren Island isn't just its wild corner of history--a shoal off the shores of Brooklyn, whose factory boils down animal carcasses for 'glue and grease'--but its remarkable imagining of the lives of families there. At its center is a resourceful young girl coming of age, and the novel does what only fiction can do--it presents the human intricacies we could hardly guess. An amazing piece of work."--Joan Silber, National Book Award Finalist for Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories, and the PEN/Hemingway Award for Household Words (1/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"With warmth, intelligence, and a wryly humane voice, Carol Zoref gives us an unforgettable heroine and shines a light on a forgotten chapter of the American story. Richly atmospheric and deeply tender, Barren Island is a thought-provoking pleasure."--Brian Morton, author of Starting Out in the Evening and Florence Gordon (1/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)