The Lost Daughter Collective (Paperback)

By Lindsey Drager

Dzanc Books, 9781941088739, 176pp.

Publication Date: March 7, 2017



Every woman was once a girl
and every girl was once a daughter
For every woman in the world,
there will always be laughter in slaughter.

Midnight at the Institute. Using bedtime stories as cautionary tales, a Wrist Scholar tells his only child of the Lost Daughter Collective: a fabled group of bereaved fathers who meet in an abandoned umbrella factory to mourn the loss of their girls. Over everything hangs the mystery of the Archivist's daughter--neither dead nor missing, but indisputably gone. Blurring the line between reality and artifice, far past and near future, Drager's satirical exploration of gender politics and identity queers the old adage: "A son is a son 'til he finds himself a wife, but a daughter is a daughter all her life."

With allusions to Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan, The Lost Daughter Collective is a gothic fairy tale fusing the fabulism of Donald Barthleme and Ben Marcus with the language play of Rikki Ducornet and Jenny Offill.

About the Author

Lindsey Drager is the author of The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015), winner of the 2016 Binghamton University / John Gardner Fiction Award. Originally from Michigan, she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the College of Charleston, where she teaches in the MFA program in fiction.