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What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us

(2009)
A collection of stories by

 
Containing work reprinted in Best Non-Required Reading 2008, Best New American Voices 2010, and The Pushcart Prizes 2010, the stories in Laura van den Berg's rich and inventive debut illuminate the intersection of the mythic and the mundane.

A failed actress takes a job as a Bigfoot inpersonator. A bontanist seeking a rare flower crosses path with a group of men hunting the Loch Ness Monster. A disillusioned missionary in Africa grapples with grief and a growing obsession with a creature rumored to live in the forest of the Congo. And in the title story, a young woman traveling with her scientist mother in Madagascar confronts her burgeoning sexuality and her dream of becoming a long-distance swimmer.

Rendered with precision and longing, the women who narrate these starkly beautiful stories are consumed with searching -- for absolution, for solace, for the flash of extraordinary in the ordinary that will forever alter their lives.

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"Laura van den Berg finds the tension between science and magic and walks it like a tightrope. . . . It is a fantastic and fascinating world, full of discoveries and moments of wonder, a book meant for the explorer in all of us." - Hannah Tinti


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Paperback Editions

March 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
Author(s): Laura van den Berg
ISBN: 1-941531-87-3 / 978-1-941531-87-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us: Stories
Author(s): Laura van den Berg
ISBN: 0-9767177-7-8 / 978-0-9767177-7-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

July 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
Author(s): Laura van den Berg
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


July 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
Author(s): Laura van den Berg
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
Author(s): Laura van den Berg
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
Author(s): Laura van den Berg
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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