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Part fairy tale, part horror story, Northwood is a genre-breaking novella told in short, brilliant, beautifully strange passages. The narrator, a young woman, has fled to the forest to pursue her artwork in isolation. While there, she falls in love with a married man she meets at a country dance. The man is violent, their affair even more so. As she struggles to free herself, she questions the difference between desire and obsession -- and the brutal nature of intimacy.

Packaged with a cover and end papers by famed English artist Rufus Newell and inventive, white-on-black text treatments by award-winning designer Jonathan Yamakami, Northwood is a work of art as well as a literary marvel.

"Northwood’s mesmerizing alchemy is this: pain + desire + the deep, dark woods = a book so addictive you will inhale it in one breath. Meijer has made her own form, something new and wide-open, something as blissful and broken as the language of lovesickness itself." -- Samantha Hunt, author of The Dark Dark

"This strange and beautiful novella has everything I want: formal play, myths and fairy tales, the politics of art-making, the all-obliterating power and complexity of desire, a cabin in the woods. I can’t wait to see what Maryse Meijer does next.” -- Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

Author: Maryse Meijer
Publisher: Black Balloon Publishing
Pages: 128pp
Size: 5.75 x 8.25
Notes: hardcover 5, 2018
ISBN: 978-1948226011