Laura van den Berg

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Laura van den Berg
The Isle of Youth:
Stories Lecture
February 13, 2014
5 p.m.
Brossman Art Gallery

Laura van den Berg is one of the most successful and exciting young fiction writers working today. Her magical, captivating narratives range from Loch Ness Monster investigations to historical drama to international adventure. Van den Berg's debut story collection, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, longlisted for The Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Award. In her gorgeous new collection, The Isle of Youth, van den Berg explores the lives of women who are mired in secrecy and deception. Ranging from the inscrutability of a marriage to private eyes working a baffling case in south Florida, to a teenager who assists her magician mother and steals from the audience, these stories are linked by mystery and by women who are at once vulnerable and dangerous, bighearted and ruthless, and who will do what it takes to survive. Van den Berg's writing has been published in Vogue, American Short Fiction, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere, and reprinted in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, Best New American Voices 2010, and The Pushcart Prize XXXIV 2010. She lives in Boston.