Drastic: Stories


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Harper Perennial
Publish Date
5.34 X 8.02 X 0.6 inches | 0.39 pounds

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About the Author

Maud Casey is the author of five books of fiction, including City of Incurable Women (forthcoming from Bellevue Literary Press in 2022), and a work of nonfiction, The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions. A Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the St. Francis College Literary Prize, she teaches at the University of Maryland and lives in Washington, DC.


"Stories . . . that absolutely soar with illuminating little details that crack everything open and reach for hope."--Hartford Courant
"[Drastic] is a treasure trove of jewels to live for--stories beautiful, multi-faceted, and fierce with light."--Stuart Dybek, author of The Coast of Chicago
"The characters in Drastic struggle to understand their lives...in prose that is quiet and illuminating."--Jason Brown, author of Driving the Heart: And Other Stories
"The characters in Casey's stories find their solace ... in the moments love cracks the rock face of the ordinary."--Ann Darby, The Orphan Game
"Striking . . . a gem."--Elle
"Edgy, thought-provoking, charged with raw emotion, Drastic is an impressive collection from a rich and wonderfully unpredictable talent."--John Searles, author of Boy Still Missing
"Writing with power, beauty, and a searing vision, Maud Casey creates stories that change the world before our eyes."--Erin McGraw, author of Lies of the Saints
"Sad and funny, Casey's warm-hearted, fine stories reach like a pair of outstretched arms for comfort and truth."--Lily Tuck, author of Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived: Stories
"Maud Casey snakes beneath our consciousness, one deft sentence at a time. Drastic is a wholehearted work of art."--Nicholas Weinstock, author of As Long As She Needs Me
"Casey tells these stories with a compassionate voice that would give anyone of these people a reason to live."--Mary Kay Zuravleff, The Frequency of Souls
"Tak[ing] a dazzling narrative dare."--New York Times Book Review on Notable Book of the Year THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
"Well-written . . . novelistic, its theme of loss made palpable and powerful . . . such riches."--New York Times Book Review
"A complex, mature, and compelling novel."--Chicago Tribune
"Skillful, moving . . . A winning combination of emotional resonance, subtle humor and wisdom."--Publishers Weekly
"Refreshingly unaffected. . . . There's a deliberate tenderness in Casey's handling of her characters."--Washington Post Book World