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Laura van den Berg

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Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her M.F.A. at Emerson College. Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009), was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her stories have appeared in Conjunctions, The Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, One Story, and have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Pushcart Prize XXIV. She is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Sewanee Writers Conferences, Ragdale, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Genres: Literary Fiction
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Laura van den Berg recommends
Say Hello to My Little Friend (2024)
Jennine Capó Crucet
"An improbable, star-crossed bond between Izzy - who's on a quest to become a modern-day Tony Montana - and Lolita - an orca held captive at the Miami Seaquarium - unleashes one of the most wildly original, hilarious, and devastating novels I've ever had the privilege of reading. Say Hello to my Little Friend is a story about climate crisis and migration and grief and the mythologies we invent in order to survive; it is a love letter to the doomed beauty that is Miami. A place so compelling, so abundant with story, that it might take you a minute to notice all the water. I loved every line, every moment spent with this magnetic cast of characters. Jennine Capó Crucet has long been one of my very favorite writers and Say Hello to My Little Friend reads with the dazzling vision of an American classic."
Headshot (2024)
Rita Bullwinkel
"Headshot is a kinetic, suspenseful portrait of eight girl boxers locked in ferocious competition for the Daughters of America Cup. In the steaming depths of Bob's Boxing Palace, these fighters must face each other and the wild thunder of their own inner worlds. Rita Bullwinkel is brilliant on the physical collision, at once strategic and feral, that is a boxing match, and the private hopes and agonies that compel fighters to step through the ropes."
Every Drop is a Man's Nightmare (2023)
Megan Kamalei Kakimoto
"Kakimoto's bold and haunting stories are brilliant on the mysterious and potent languages of the body, and on the enduring power of the stories that shape us. Every Drop Is a Man's Nightmareis a stunning debut."

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Anthologies containing stories by Laura van den Berg
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Jennifer Egan
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008 (2008)
(Best American Nonrequired Reading)
edited by
Dave Eggers

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