Big Bad


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$16.95  $15.59
Sarabande Books
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Whitney Collins's fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter, The Southeast Review, Grist, The Pinch, Moon City Review, Quarter After Eight, The Laurel Review, Lumina, and Raleigh Review, among others. She is the recipient of a 2020 Pushcart Prize, a semifinalist for American Short Fiction's 2019 The Short(er) Fiction Prize, and her flash horror is forthcoming in Catapult's Tiny Nightmares anthology. Big Bad was the 2019 winner of Sarabande Books's Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Collins lives in Kentucky with her husband and two sons.


"Big Bad by Whitney Collins announces a voice as fresh as tomorrow morning. Darkly, subversively, hilarious stories carom along with brilliance and surety. In the title story of the collection, a woman gives birth to herself...over and over. In fiction both exquisitely bizarre and deeply satisfying, the excitement of discovery resounds throughout Collins' work."
--Leslie Daniels, author of Cleaning Nabokov's House

"What a raw delight of a book! Big Bad is precise, relatable, and also psychedelic and feral, taking me on side roads I never dreamed of traveling, delivering profound and humane truths that leave me stunned. While each story is supremely original, the collection reads like an instant modern classic, to be found on the shelf between Joy Williams and George Saunders."
--Jardine Libaire, author of White Fur

"To say that Whitney Collins has a unique voice is to make an understatement of massive proportions. Not only is she willing to go where other writers wouldn't even consider going, she seems to revel in the opportunity to bring us along for the ride--and how thankful we are that she does. To read her collection of sixteen stories, Big Bad, is to spend time with one of our most exciting new talents, a writer speaking to so many of the challenges of modern life: how to have healthy relationships, how to love after loss, how to forgive ourselves for crimes real and imagined, and how to envision a world--or a life for oneself--that does not yet exist. Each story holds a universe within it: humor that will make you laugh out loud; characters who will make you cry; lines that demand to be memorized. This collection creates a fictional landscape as meaningful as any imagined space I've dared to enter--one so real, so unflinchingly honest, I didn't realize I'd been transported, one so fascinating I didn't want to leave."
--Rachel M. Harper, author of Brass Ankle Blues and This Side of Providence