Kingdom of the Young

Selected as a Best Book of the Year by San Francisco Chronicle and included in The Millions Great 2017 Book Preview

The dynamic characters in Kingdom of the Young are searching: for adventure, work, love, absolution, better chances elsewhere. In a symphonic stream of consciousness, a fanatical child army loses faith in its commander as he ages unforgivably into his thirties. A woman possessed with wanderlust and a small inheritance seeks love among the cave-dwelling Roma in Granada. Traumatized war veterans run local rackets; smarmy bureaucrats rise through the ranks of repressive regimes; civilians attempt to escape the stranglehold of life under dictatorships. From the honeycombed caves outside the Alhambra to the streets of Havana, from hospital wards to quinceañera parties, these stories—along with the collection's illuminating nonfiction coda—testify to Meidav’s vast imaginative range.

"A penetrating collection that glides among an impressive breadth of storytelling modes with warmth and easy brilliance."

- Kirkus Reviews


"Stylistically virtuosic collection...Meidav favors long looping sentences as full of life as her characters."

- Lincoln Michel, New York Times

Press and Reviews

Ambitious, original, deliciously philosophical. Kingdom of the Young invites comparison to the crônicas of Clarice Lispector and the fabulas of Italo Calvino.

—Carolyn Cooke, author of Daughters of the Revolution


This astonishing book offers us so many memorable characters who are real in such surprising ways. This is a book which unpeels its many layers with grace, searching intelligence, and deep empathy . The surprises here do not feel manufactured in the usual literary ways but rather reveal themselves to us suddenly, with the natural clarity of truth.

—Sharon Guskin, author of The Forgetting Time


In every single bit of Meidav’s work, the prose is dazzling. Reading Kingdom of the Young, I was often reminded of two of my favorite writers, Nabokov and Gass.

-- Rene Steinke, author of Friendswood and Holy Smoke


These stories are dazzling, full of knowledge of the world and of the heart, and written with the pluck and thrum of a flamenco guitarist. Meidav draws you into world after world; she makes you want to sit by your window and listen all night.

—Paul La Farge, author of Luminous Airplanes


The kingdom of the young. Oh what imagination. Oh what story-telling. What beautiful language. What more do you want? Go ahead a nd be greedy like me. Meidav, a prose stylist of the first rank, has got us covered.

--Mitchell S. Jackson , author of The Residue Years


An alchemist of empathy, of nuanced observation and unexpected truths, Edie Meidav is a writer whose every magical story probes human experience from triumphs to tragedies and all the terrain between. Kingdom of the Young is nothing short of masterful, the work of a born storyteller in full, glorious voice.”

—Bradford Morrow, author of The Forgers


In Kingdom of the Young, whether Edie Meidav riffs on Cuban dogs or ‘a tiny pert woman in a cherry tracksuit’ called Hummingbird, she unfurls a mean sentence. ‘Look at a soldier’s face in one of those moments you don’t want to remember and then you know exactly what lacking imagination looks like,’ Meidav writes in “Catullus.” A collection of surprises, with a sparkling nonfiction coda.

—Terese Svoboda , author of Live Sacrifice


I loved this book. Her stories and essays make a whole—a brilliant pairing, each part informing the other, with mutual gravitas and depth. There are two Edie Meidavs here and I love them both.

—Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions


Edie Meidav’s writing is a cascade of fireworks. Her ideas are little bombs—and these stories, fast-spinning sparklers. Her hallucinatory prose flares with color and heart.

—Leela Corman, author of Unterzakhn


Kingdom of the Young will engage readers for its clear authority, musical language and surprising empathy.

—Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story


"Edie Meidav's collection of short stories Kingdom of the Young transports readers to unconventional experiences and submerged feelings of the past."

-- Leah Habib, Chronogram

More Resources for Kingdom of the Young

Edie Meidav & Kevin Salem on the Kingdom of the Young Score (Soundcloud)

In Edie Meidav's New Book, 'Silver Cords' To Youth (New England Public Radio)

We Recommend: Kingdom of the Young (Fifth Wednesday Journal)