Dear Miss Metropolitan

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Henry Holt & Company
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6.6 X 9.3 X 1.4 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Carolyn Ferrell is the author of the short-story collection, Don't Erase Me, which was awarded the Art Seidenbaum Award of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the John C. Zachiris Award given by Ploughshares, and the Quality Paperback Book Prize for First Fiction. She has also received grants from the Fulbright Association, German Academic Exchange (D.A.A.D.), City University of New York MAGNET Program, and National Endowment for the Arts. Ferrell's stories have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2018 and The Best American Short Stories of the Century, among other places. She teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York with her husband and children.


"Such a beautifully rendered and provocative novel. Ferrell has given me a world I could never have imagined filled with so many people I feel like I've always known. A stunner."
--Jacqueline Woodson, bestselling author of Red at the Bone, Another Brooklyn and National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming

"Sometimes, to write about a horrifying trauma and its resounding effects, you have to write toward the heart of the matter in unexpected ways. Carolyn Ferrell does just that in her remarkable, challenging debut novel Dear Miss Metropolitan. This is the story of three girls stolen from their lives by a sadistic man, but it is also about a community that failed each of the girls and what it can be like to emerge from a very dark, damaged place on fragile footing. Dear Miss Metropolitan is a story told in brilliant, jagged fragments. It is a story that will make you uncomfortable and it will make you ache and make you rage. Ferrell's novel is a monumental provocation and heralds great things to come from an immensely talented writer."
--Roxane Gay, author of Difficult Women and Hunger

"Dear Miss Metropolitan is heart-wreck of a story of how pain and suffering fracture lives, but also a hopeful one that testifies of the human will to survive. While the nexus of the book is unimaginable trauma and its aftermath, Carolyn Ferrell has wrung from it, wondrous beauty. Believeyoume, it's the kind of book that begs at least two reads: one for the drama propelling you page to page, and another for its inimitable style--the music of its language, the masterful handling of narration, the daring inventiveness. This novel is nothing short of an artistic feat."
--Mitchell S. Jackson, author of The Residue Years

"Dear Miss Metropolitan showcases Carolyn Ferrell's dazzlingly original vision, her ability to blend current events and razor-sharp social observation with age-old archetypes, to create dark contemporary mythic narrative--and above all to express, sometimes in single voices, sometimes in chorus, the deepest truths of women's souls. By turns heartbreaking, comical, chilling, and hauntingly beautiful, Dear Miss Metropolitan leads the reader on an unforgettable epic journey through the shadowy recesses of human transgression, a trip that at surprising moments breaks through into the light."
--Andrea Lee, author of Red Island House

"You think you're ready for this novel, but you're not ready. Carolyn Ferrell has shaped a story made of diamonds and broken glass; it's going to cut you deep. Dear Miss Metropolitan is a triumph of storytelling in all its forms, a collage of styles and sympathies. A stunner."
--Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

"A daring and powerful first novel. Carolyn Ferrell is masterful in delivering us into the depth of her characters' dark worlds so that we emerge with the light of understanding and the inspiration to take actions. I am changed after reading this book."
--Nguyen Phan Que Mai, bestselling author of The Mountains Sing and winner of BookBrowse's Best Debut Award for 2020

"I think this is really a brilliant book. No one is better than Carolyn Ferrell at capturing the vitality of human voices, and here they blaze out a portrait of the unthinkable, three young women kidnapped for more than a decade. It's a page-turner genius of a book, astute about the details that sustain, the traps that spring, and what it means to be a girl."
--Joan Silber, author of Improvement

"A brilliant novel, and a stunning feat of sympathetic imagination. It's an amazing accomplishment, to write a book that is so terribly, indelibly sad and also so funny."
--Brian Morton, author of Starting Out in the Evening and Florence Gordon

"The victim girls in Carolyn Ferrell's novel Dear Miss Metropolitan are some of the most original, rich, memorable characters I've read. Dear Miss Metropolitan is an astonishing, innovative novel of trauma and connection and survival, and Carolyn Ferrell is a brilliant writer."
--Karen E. Bender, National Book Award finalist for Refund