The Isle of Youth

Author(s): Laura Van den Berg


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


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"Wonder and mystery are recurring motifs. The women here are one step ahead of disaster or one step behind it, and either way they are eager to discover what's next . . . Van den Berg, in this wonderful collection, never lets us turn away." --Natalie Serber, "The New York Times Book Review""Confident, gripping stories . . . Ms. van den Berg spins complex plots around a sense of emotional emptiness. Her stories are bursting at the seams, while her characters are lonely to the core." --John Williams, T"he New York Times""The stories in Laura van den Berg's dreamy "The Isle of Youth "are absolutely captivating."--"Vanity Fair"""The Isle of Youth," is a smart, fun, noir-y treasure map of where families hide their secrets and lost souls hide themselves. Van den Berg somehow packs a duffel bag of plot into carry-on-size stories. She also has the right kind of range: from brutal to moving to funny, South America to Paris to Antarctica, really great to freaking outstanding." --Kathryn Schulz, "New York "Magazine"Darting, shifting things . . . though her stories find footing in dark matter, the reader ends up feeling something akin to having been freed by the end of the reading . . . [a] tremendous collection." --Weston Cutter, "Minneapolis Star Tribune""If you like Murakami's cool prose, that Raymond Chandler-esque aloofness in the face of strange events, have I got the book for you . . . ["The Isle of Youth"]" is"ãa small book, but it feels much bigger. I could have kept reading for days." --Rosecrans Baldwin, NPR's All Things Considered"Curiosity--sprung from idleness, neglect, or betrayal--is a force to be reckoned with in these delicately layered narratives linked by themes of mystery and survival ...Van den Berg gracefully captures such unseen moments of triumph and failure as lives are derailed--and discovered--in her stories." --"ELLE Magazine""If you like your female protagonists quirky, questing, and quixotic, you will adore this story collection

Laura van den Berg is the author of "What the""World Will Look Like""When All the Water Leaves""Us." A Florida native, she now lives in the Boston area and is at work on a novel.

General Fields

  • : 9781907970689
  • : Daunt Books
  • : Daunt Books
  • : March 2015
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 240
  • : 813.6
  • : en
  • : 2020
  • : Paperback
  • : Laura Van den Berg