Spilt Milk

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March 02, 2021
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About the Author

Courtney Zoffness won the Sunday Times Short Story Award, an Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Center for Fiction, residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, and the Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction from Arts & Letters. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, The Southern Review, Longreads, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere, and she had Notable Best American Essays in 2018 and 2019. She teaches at Drew University and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.


"I don't know what I love the most about Courtney Zoffness's Spilt Milk. The taut originality of the prose? The acuity of its insights? The daring vulnerability? There is so much I want to say about Spilt Milk, but honestly they're all variations of This is fucking brilliant. Whatever you think this book is, it's more. A debut writer this talented and skilled is an event in itself."
--Mat Johnson, author of Pym

"Gentle, playful and laced with subtle wit, these essays are a welcome balm in an insane and un-gentle time."
--Mary Gaitskill, author of This is Pleasure

"In these ten musical, open-hearted essays, Courtney Zoffness establishes herself as one of our most soulful, clear-eyed narrators. A lucid dream of a book I wished would never end."
--Elisa Albert, author of After Birth

"Wry and masterful--SPILT MILK examines the multiplicities of self and culture, asking the tough questions with remarkable concision. Courtney Zoffness is a writer of supernatural acuity and wit."
--T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

"Courtney Zoffness beautifully captures the self-aware irony and absolute panic of being an anxious parent, illustrating how childhood terrors manifest later in life in ways that are both still childish, and still terrifying. This book is urgent and essential."
--Jesse Eisenberg, actor and author of Bream Gives me Hiccups and Other Stories

"Courtney Zoffness's collection is written with a fierce and sometimes funny honesty. Zoffness explores motherhood and daughterhood, and how these early attachments make us and unmake us, how they connect us to others--until they are us."
--Tiphanie Yanique, author of Land of Love and Drowning

"These bright, knowing essays spill over with intelligence and wit. Courtney Zoffness traces the dizzying conflict faced by parents--the daily ricochet between burden and joy--and, with a sharply lyric voice, discovers hidden connections between this domestic struggle and the larger cultural and political winds shifting around us."
--Ben Marcus, author of Notes from the Fog