A writer whose work many are eagerly anticipating is Shelley Jackson, here from her New York home with her first novel for adults in over a decade, Riddance; or, The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children (Catapult). Readers of The Melancholy of Anatomy, Half Life, and Patchwork Girl have been awaiting this.
"This clever, cacophonous novel of metaphysical gothic from Jackson teems with voices of the living and the dead . . . Full of Carrollian logic and whimsical grotesquerie, the tale . . . is an illuminating allegory of fiction writing, for 'the necrocosmos is made of language; we precipitate a world with every word we speak.' Joines is a remarkable creation in a wonderful book—an imperious, otherworldly, and damaged figure who, haunted by her childhood, devises and devotes her life to a haunted philosophy." —Publishers Weekly.
“Shelley Jackson is a writer of such extraordinary, uncanny power that the hair on the back of my neck stands up when I encounter her work. What an exhilarating, prickling, blistering book Riddance is! I made myself read it as slowly as possible in order to stay in as long as I could.” —Kelly Link.