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The highly anticipated debut short story collection by Journey Prize finalist Seyward Goodhand bursts with vibrant, otherworldly characters—wax girls and gods-amongmen, artists on opposite sides of a war, aimless plutocrats and anarchist urchins—who are sometimes wondrous, often grotesque, and always driven by passions and yearnings common to us all. Stylistic and primordial, Even That Wildest Hope is a chaotic but always satisfying fabulist journey in the baroque tradition of Angela Carter, Carmen Maria Machado, and Ted Chiang.
“Read any sentence in this collection and you will know that Seyward Goodhand is a rare and original talent. Her lush and uncanny prose is like a funhouse mirror that reveals as much as it distorts. These are beautiful stories and a terrific debut.”—David Bezmozgis, author of The Betrayers, The Free World, & Natasha
“Even That Wildest Hope is a dark, gleaming, and sophisticated collection. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Ancient and futuristic, these post-human stories seem to have an intelligence all their own. This book is unnerving, satisfying, and mysterious. It blew me away.”—Sarah Selecky, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist for This Cake is for the Party & Radiant Shimmering Light
“Goodhand creates new worlds out of pure energy, then splits them apart to reveal our wounded planet, our all too recognizable selves: ludicrously dangerous, pathetically greedy, lusting after destruction—and longing for love, always love. Astonishing. She had me at the first two sentences. It was a wonderful, unnerving read.”—Pauline Holdstock, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist for Beyond Measure