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Maria Dahvana Headley

USA flag (b.1977)

Maria Dahvana Headley is an American writer. She graduated from Vallivue High School in Caldwell, Idaho, in 1995, and attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program from 1996-2000. Headley is married to Robert Schenkkan, a playwright and screenwriter.

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Paranormal Romance
   Queen of Kings (2011)
   The Dark Lady (2013)
   The Mere Wife (2018)
   The Girlfriend's Guide to Gods (2020)
Novellas and Short Stories
Non fiction
   The Year of Yes (2006)
Series contributed to
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (2019) : The Mere Wife

Maria Dahvana Headley recommends
Edith Holler (2023)
Edward Carey
"Edith Holler is that rarest thing, a newly written tale that feels as though it's been discovered behind the stacked stone walls of an abandoned estate. It's eldritch, raucous, blistering, beautiful, and totally indelible."
The Woman Who Climbed Trees (2023)
Smriti Ravindra
"The Woman Who Climbed Trees is a lyrical, furious triumph of a novel, mapping the marital journey of its protagonist, Meena, from girlhood to motherhood, from India to Nepal, from prosaic reality to magical madness. In the tradition of Salman Rushdie and Isabelle Allende, Smriti Ravindra braids epic lore and myth to a narrative of claustrophobic domesticity, earthly damage, and incandescent love."
Spear (2022)
Nicola Griffith
"Nicola Griffith braids the Percival tales to her own ferocious imagination, and the results are spellbinding. Her novel is a reclamation of the touchstones of Arthurian myth--skewering received notions with the sharp point of her pen. If that sounds too theoretical, let me also say that it's a screamingly hot canon-queering epic filled with bloody battles, and world-shaking magic. Spear is an unprecedented and spectacular investigation of the Matter of Britain. I've been waiting years for this book about the once and future everyone else to exist."
Sin Eater (2020)
Megan Campisi
"An in-depth, lyrical exploration of the forced reinvention of a teenage girl, ripped from her normal existence into a life of shifting public sins into feminine flesh, literally. Sin Eater is a thrilling surprise - Megan Campisi uses the history of patriarchal injustice to create a keenly researched feminist arc of unexpected abundance, reckoning, intellect, and ferocious survival."
Lake City (2019)
Thomas Kohnstamm
"Kohnstamm has written a novel of Pale Male Fail above and below the poverty line, a Dickensian tale of a fledgling philosopher who’s taken flight from trailer parks to Gramercy Park and then . . . had his wings clipped. This is the American Dream cut thin on a grocery store meat slicer, laced with oxy, stolen booze, and an unfinished dissertation. It’s a rotgut to Dom Pérignon rainbow, which is to say: Lake City is a crucial black comedy about the myths of money and happiness, and whether nature, nurture, or AmEx rears a better man."
The Art of Starving (2017)
Sam J Miller
"As gritty with salted wounds as are all great fairytales, The Art of Starving is The Outsiders with superpowers. It should be shelved alongside the classic stories of unexpected salvation."

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