The Isle of Youth

By Laura Van Den Berg
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Paperback, 9780374177232, 244pp.)

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

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Laura van den Berg's gorgeous new book, "The Isle of Youth," explores the lives of women mired in secrecy and deception. From a newlywed caught in an inscrutable marriage, to private eyes working a baffling case in South Florida, to a teenager who assists her magician mother and steals from the audience, the characters in these bewitching stories are at once vulnerable and dangerous, bighearted and ruthless, and they will do what it takes to survive.

Each tale is spun with elegant urgency, and the reader grows attached to the marginalized young women in these stories--women grappling with the choices they've made and searching for the clues to unlock their inner worlds. This is the work of a fearless writer whose stories feel both magical and mystical, earning her the title of "sorceress" from her readers. Be prepared to fall under her spell.

An NPR Best Book of 2013.




About the Author
Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida. Her first collection of stories, "What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us", was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her second collection of stories, "The Isle of Youth" (published by FSG Originals in 2013), received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. "Find Me" is her first novel. She lives in the Boston area.
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