Pub Date 06 Feb 2018
In mesmerizing prose, best-selling and Rome Prize–winning author Will Boast re-imagines the myth of Daphne and Apollo in this much-anticipated debut novel.
Elegantly written and profoundly moving, this spellbinding debut affirms Boast’s reputation as a “new young American voice for the ages” (Tom Franklin). Born with a rare (and real) condition in which she suffers degrees of paralysis when faced with intense emotion, Daphne has few close friends and even fewer lovers. Like her mythic namesake, even one touch can freeze her. But when Daphne meets shy, charming Ollie, her well-honed defenses falter, and she’s faced with an impossible choice: cling to her pristine, manicured isolation or risk the recklessness of real intimacy.
Set against the vivid backdrop of a San Francisco flush with money and pulsing with protest, Daphne is a gripping and tender modern fable that explores both self-determination and the perpetual fight between love and safety.
About the Author: Will Boast was born in England and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. He won the Iowa Short Fiction Award for his story collection, Power Ballads, and the Rome Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he has also published a memoir, Epilogue, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best New American Voices, and elsewhere.
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"Psychology and myth twist into each other in this debut novel about vulnerability and fear.... Boast’s story is rooted in myth. But it’s his perceptive take on the risks of emotion that the reader will remember." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review