Animal Wife

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$14.95  $13.90
Red Hen Press
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5.0 X 7.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Lara Ehrlich is the author of the short story collection Animal Wife, which was selected as the winner of the Red Hen Fiction Award by New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood, who says the book "made [her] dizzy with its exploration and illumination of the inner and outer lives of girls and women." Lara's writing appears in StoryQuarterly, Hunger Mountain, the Massachusetts Review, and the Columbia Review, among others, and has been nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize. Lara has attended the Bread Loaf and Tin House writers' conferences, and she received a 2019 Parent-Writer Fellowship from the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Boston University, and she lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter. Visit her website at


"From the first sentence Animal Wife grabbed me and never let go. Sensual and intelligent, with gorgeous prose, it made me dizzy with its exploration and illumination of the inner and outer lives of girls and women." -Ann Hood, New York Times bestselling author

"Lara Ehrlich is a master stylist of the surreal, the fabulist, and the fantastic. I loved each of these whimsical, magical stories that centered around girls and women and their transformations (whether that be into women, mothers, or animals). I was particularly intrigued by the way Lara beautifully portrays the inner struggle between wildness and domesticity, the surreal elements of each story lending a mythical complexity to these conflicts. Really lovely and thought-provoking. Perfect for fans of Aimee Bender, Karen Russell, and Angela Carter. Also, if you're a language-lover and (like me) find yourself highlighting gorgeous prose, this collection is full of lines like this: "In none of her lives will she be be brilliant or famous or content. Her mediocrity will hound her through a kaleidoscope of futures." I deeply enjoyed every story (and sentence) and find myself still thinking about them and the ideas they raise days after." --Joy Baglio, founder of Pioneer Valley Writer's Workshop

"Life is, for myriad reasons, untenable for the women (and girls) who inhabit Ehrlich's stories. Whether this is because they want what the modern world cannot possibly afford them or because the world is actively disinterested in their success and happiness is a question Ehrlich explores throughout this collection...The heroines of these stories must all deal with moments of rupture, occasionally violent and spectacular, and ultimately there's no going back."--Douglas Riggs of Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

"These stories, and Ehrlich, are remarkable, and the collection is a standout in a season full of amazing new releases."--Corinne Segal, Literary Hub

"Whimsy and fantasy meet the way things really turn out in stories from a strong new voice."--Kirkus Reviews

"A collection of fairy tales that turn up the volume on the quiet desperation in the lives of women and girls until the characters scream, rage, screw, and otherwise manifest their discontents, and that crackle and pop with such imagination and innovation that I was left roiling with jealousy and love."--Keija Parssinen, Consulting Editor, The Kenyon Review

"Strange, funny, fearsome, Animal Wife is a gorgeous book, weird in its very bones."--Elizabeth McCracken, author of Bowlaway: A Novel

"Lara Ehrlich has written a collection of stories that allow for escapism." --F(r)iction

"It is engaging at every turn of the page for its innovative approach. Ehrlich weaves compelling characters and situations, gripping images and language in her deft storytelling."--Sandra Williams, Metapsychology

"The author has a way of bringing a calming magic to her words that makes them ge