The Comfort of Monsters


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6.1 X 8.9 X 1.5 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Willa C. Richards is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review and she is a recipient of a PEN/Robert J Dau prize for Emerging Writers.


"In her fiery debut novel, Willa Richards folds the electrifying zing of crime fiction into an exceptional study of character. This book begs us to consider why we blame and otherize victims of violent crimes - especially when they come from society's margins. Potent, gritty, and deeply comprehending, The Comfort of Monsters is written with a clear eye and an aching heart."--Amity Gaige, author of Sea Wife
On its face, The Comfort of Monsters is a riveting page-turner that begs to be read quickly, compulsively. But page by page, this electrifying debut by Willa Richards weaves an increasingly complicated and dark tale of guilt, fury, and the danger of building stories on that shakiest of foundations, memory. Every sentence is a delight in this taut and thrilling debut by Willa Richards.--Elizabeth Wetmore, New York Times bestselling author of Valentine
The Comfort of Monsters is shadowed by crime but cares more about consequence--it pairs the pulse-quickening pleasures of a murder mystery with a probing portrait of loss. Willa C. Richards's unflinching debut picks apart a tangled knot of violence, shame, secrecy, lust, and fearsome love. A dark, elegiac examination of sisterhood that's impossible to forget.--Robin Wasserman, author of Girls on Fire
The Comfort of Monsters captivates with a cold case, and becomes an unflinching, unapologetic story of sexuality, victimhood, and the dangerous pull of memory. Richards exposes the underbelly of grief, shows the heartbeat shaking that thin skin, and leaves you, at novel's end, holding something raw, fragile and essentially human. A remarkable debut.--Lydia Fitzpatrick, author of Lights All Night Long
In a glut of dead girl stories and true crime vehicles, Richards pulls of a wrenching and rewarding twist on both.--Publishers Weekly