The Shape of Things to Come

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Harper Perennial
Publish Date
5.28 X 8.0 X 0.69 inches | 0.45 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.


"Casey is a stand-up philosopher posing vexing questions about human existence. She's funny, inventive...dazzling narrative dare." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Complex, mature and compelling." -- The Chicago Tribune

"Maud Casey's accomplished first novel, takes up with the endearingly subversive Isabelle . . . -- Elle

"A startling debut. [Casey's] fresh voice emerges like a song that's bound to be a hit." -- Virginia Quarterly Review

"Isabelle is so vivacious that even though she's utterly confused about her future, we know it'll turn out just fine." -- Redbook

"Casey is very good at creating characters who are torn between the strong emotions they experience . . . " -- Ann Beattie

"Casey deftly writes about the struggle out of the tomb, the restoration of sanity, the search for a small peace. -- Mark Richard

"Full of lovely sentences, empathetic characters. This story is as engaging and scintillating as one told by a best friend. -- Darcey Steinke

"Isabelle is a millennial treasure. The journey from child to woman . . . is poignant and funny.". -- Anne Rivers Siddons

"This is a wonderful account of our need to both invent and reinvent ourselves. A deft and generous book. -- Margot Livesey