The Doloriad


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5.1 X 7.5 X 0.8 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Missouri Williams is a writer and editor who lives in London. Her work has appeared in The Nation, The Baffler, The Believer, Granta, and Five Dials. The Doloriad is her first book.


A brilliant, unsettling, gothic take on a Greek tragedy. --i-D

Bizarre and strangely beautiful . . . Williams's lyrical, visceral prose brilliantly sustains her nightmarish vision . . . bold and demented. --Publishers Weekly

[A] grim and strange, but utterly unique, literary and gothic debut . . . This is a gripping look at humanity's treatment of women and questions whether human survival at all costs is worth it." --Booklist

Williams compiles her images in breathless, smothering drifts that mimic both the oppressive landscape and the gauzy unreliability of the main characters' perceptions with virtuosic intensity . . . Williams' linguistic project is akin to the early work of Cormac McCarthy. --Kirkus

Unlike anything I've ever read. The Doloriad is--somehow--Old Testament origin story, Shakespearean family feud, Greek epic, philosophical parable, and absurdist sitcom, all in one. Horrible and riveting, I could not look away. --Jac Jemc, author of The Grip of It and False Bingo

Not since Katherine Dunn's Geek Love have I encountered a family dynamic that's as disturbingly gonzo and mesmerizing as the one portrayed in The Doloriad. Set against an ethereally ravaged post-apocalyptic landscape, this is a novel that yet very viscerally reveals how primal jealousy and cruelty distort not only who we are but who we may become for generations. Missouri Williams is a formidably talented writer, whose dark prognostications are both thrilling and frightening to behold. --Mary South, author of You Will Never Be Forgotten

The Doloriad comes in hot like a blazing comet from a distant universe: wholly unexpected, shocking, brilliant. In vivid, crystalline, and often hallucinatory prose, Missouri Williams offers an unsettling vision of a future-past world where entropy has disintegrated civilization as we know it and yet life pushes on. Although it is shot through with horror, this is not your typical dystopia -- it is far weirder than that. With references ranging from ancient Greek poetry to Netflix-era dramedy, the story that emerges is at once extremely disturbing and compulsively readable. --Elvia Wilk, author of Oval