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Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories

Fiction: Fantasy; Short Stories
Unabridged   7.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/20/2018

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684411603
Digital Download ISBN:9781684411610


From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Kelly Barnhill comes a stunning first collection of acclaimed short fictions, teeming with uncanny characters whose stories unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original.

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From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Kelly Barnhill comes a stunning collection of stories teeming with uncanny characters whose lives unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original.

When Mrs. Sorensen's husband dies, she rekindles a long-dormant love with an unsuitable mate in "Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch." In "Open the Door and the Light Pours Through," a young man wrestles with grief and his sexuality in an exchange of letters with his faraway beloved. "Dreadful Young Ladies" demonstrates the strength and power—known and unknown—of the imagination. The World Fantasy Award–winning novella The Unlicensed Magician introduces the secret, magical life of an invisible girl once left for dead.

By an author hailed as "a fantasist on the order of Neil Gaiman" (Minneapolis Star Tribune), the stories in Dreadful Young Ladies feature bold, reality-bending fantasy underscored by rich universal themes of love, death, jealousy, and hope.


"Narrator John Lee reads masterfully in a beautiful English or Irish or Scottish accent, which is hard to discern, which specifically is what I think he intended." —Sound Commentary Starred Review

“English voice actor John Lee narrates with gravitas and intensity, with occasional doses of humor that throw the strangeness into sharp relief.” —Library Journal Audio

"Narrated by John Lee, whose smooth voice brings to life a powerful gathering of nine stories about strange, different worlds." —Donovans Literary Services

“The eight short stories and one novella in Newbery Medalist Barnhill’s collection are haunting and beautifully told . . . Each story is written in intensely poetic language that can exult or disturb, sometimes within the same sentence, and evokes a dreamlike, enchanted mood that lingers in the reader’s mind. These tales are made to be reread and savored.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Newbery medalist Barnhill dazzles in her short story collection for adults . . . This is a well-crafted short story collection featuring elements of magic realism while touching on the themes of love, grief, hope, jealousy, and more. Fantasy readers—especially fans of Neil Gaiman or even Kelly Link—will appreciate this spellbinding collection." —Booklist

"Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury or Angela Carter . . . Whether Barnhill's settings are contemporary, historical, or dystopian, she mixes the feeling of fairy tales with the psychological preoccupations of literary fiction." —Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

Kelly Barnhill is the author of four novels, most recently The Girl Who Drank the Moon, winner of the 2017 John Newbery Medal. She is also the winner of the World Fantasy Award and the Parents' Choice Gold Award. Visit her online at kellybarnhill.wordpress.com or on Twitter: @kellybarnhill.