Bottled Goods

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Harper Perennial
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5.3 X 7.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Sophie van Llewyn was born in southeastern Romania and now lives in Germany. She has published and won awards for her flash fiction and short stories across the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. Bottled Goods is Sophie's debut long fiction work. It has been long-listed for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019, the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019, and the People's Book Prize 2018.


“A lovely, funny, sad and informative book...It almost reads like a Wes Anderson film” -- Dolly Alderton, author of international bestseller Everything I Know About Love

"The chapters are as brief and intense as flashes of lightning in a storm. So is van Llewyn's prose. . . . the novel is a strikingly original work. Taut, searing, and sharp, van Llewyn's novel is a lyrical jewel." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Drawing on Romanian folklore and a few touches of magic realism, this novella-in-flash-fiction by the Romanian-born van Llewyn is a wonder." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"Sophie van Llewyn's stunning debut novella shows us there is no dystopian fiction as frightening as that which draws on history" -- Christina Dalcher, author of VOX

"A story to savour, to smile at, to rage against and to weep over." -- Zoe Gilbert, author of Folk

"Sophie van Llewyn has brought light into an era which cast a long shadow." -- Joanna Campbell, author of When Planets Slip Their Tracks

"A tour de force, a harrowing and ultimately triumphant story, a must-read by a masterful writer." -- Christopher Allen, author of Other Household Toxins

“A dizzying, daring window on life in Ceausescu's Romania.” -- Stephanie Hutton, author of Three Sisters of Stone

Bottled Goods is a powerful, sophisticated, and emotional delve into Soviet-era Romania through the eyes and heart of a young woman. [...] an exciting plot-driven read that offers a thoughtful, introspective look into a woman reaching maturity under a government that isn't built for girls who ask questions.” -- Independent Book Review

“[A] totally original and wonderful novella.” -- Nikki Bedi, host of The Arts Hour, BBC World Service