Edie Meidav


"This gorgeous, audacious novel goes far beyond a story of two girls… Meidav is an American original." — The Daily Beast In this Northern Californian dystopia, two girlfriends meet again in adulthood. Their encounter might change the fate of the famous cult father of one of them, now awaiting his end on death row.
An exploration of the mind of evil and France. "He is quite a creation indeed, this aging anti-Quixote with his residual windmills to tilt at." -- Thomas Kenneally, The Washington Post
An epic, intimate novel in which a blundering westerner goes east. "Complex, imaginative."
–Chitra Divakaruni, L.A. Times
"I saw that long-forgotten Russian boy as clearly as anything, leaping about the meadows with his butterfly net; I saw him as a messenger of joy, returning from that distant summer day to open his specimen box and release the most beautiful red admirals, peacock butterflies, brimstones and tortoiseshells to signal my final liberation."


"Anyway, the conclusion to which all stories come is that the life a person has led is one and one alone, uniform and compact as a shrunken blanket where you can't distinguish the fibers of the weave. And so if by chance I happen to dwell on some ordinary detail of an ordinary day, the visit of a Sinhalese who wants to sell me a litter of newborn crocodiles in a zinc tub, I can be sure that even in this tiny, insignificant episode there is implicit everything I have experienced, all the past, the multiple pasts I have tried in vain to leave behind me, the lives that in the end are soldered into an overall life, my life, which continues even in this place from which I have decided I must not move any more, this little house with a courtyard garden in the Parisian banlieu where I have set up my tropical-fish aquarium, a quiet business, which forces me more than any other would to lead a stable life, because you can't neglect the fish, not even for one day."

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An alphabet of answers to imaginable questions:

A: Toronto.
B. New York, Cuba, France, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka.
C. A former director of the MFA program at New College on Valencia Street in San Francisco, writer-in-residence at Bard College, and now at the UMass Amherst MFA program.
D. Sea monkeys.
E. Language indeed a virus.
F. Ms., The Village Voice, Guernica, Artweek, The International Literary Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, Terra Nova, The American Voice, New Letters, Conjunctions and elsewhere.
G. A Lannan Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship, a Bard Fiction Prize for Writers Under 40, Whiting research award, a Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, a Fulbright in Sri Lanka, Northern California Book Award shortlist, and other citations.
H. Books called editorial picks by the New York Times, the L.A. Times, the Electric Review, the Litblog Coop and elsewhere.
I. Overeducated women with a past; autodidact boys, occasionally scarred, often grown into men.
J. Ocean.
K. Children.
L. Unterzakhn; The Map and the Territory; looking for Tanizaki.
M. Shange, Angelou, Hardy, Faulkner, Morrison, Kundera, Paley, Baldwin, Flaubert, Rushdie, Lorca, Cortazar, Transtromer, Vallejo, Stendhal, Ishiguro, Coetzee, Jackson.
N. Poetry.
O. Generosity.
P. Spanish and French, German and Sinhala, Hebrew, some Portuguese and Italian.
Q. One obsessive score for each book.
R. The stress of routine.
S. Loss of the perceiving mind.

Edie Meidav is the author of THE FAR FIELD:A NOVEL OF CEYLON, CRAWL SPACE, and LOLA,CALIFORNIA. Recipient of a Lannan Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship, the Kafka Prize for Best Fiction by an American Woman, the Bard Fiction Prize and other citations, she teaches in the UMass Amherst MFA program.