What I Didn't See and Other Stories

What I Didn't See and Other Stories

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In a collection of compelling stories, the best-selling author of The Jane Austen Book Club writes about John Wilkes Booth's younger brother, a one-winged man, a California cult, a rebellious teen facing torture in a rehab facility, a mother who invents a fairy-tale world for her son and more. 15,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
World Fantasy Award Winner
Shirley Jackson Awards shortlist
Locus Award shortlist
Story Prize Notable Books
Frank O’Connor Award longlist


"Beautifully written and subtly discomforting stories."—Nancy Pearl

"An exceptionally versatile author."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In her moving and elegant new collection, New York Times bestseller Karen Joy Fowler writes about John Wilkes Booth’s younger brother, a one-winged man, a California cult, and a pair of twins, and she digs into our past, present, and future in the quiet, witty, and incisive way only she can.

The sinister and the magical are always lurking just below the surface: for a mother who invents a fairy-tale world for her son in “Halfway People”; for Edwin Booth in “Booth’s Ghost,” haunted by his fame as “America’s Hamlet” and his brother’s terrible actions; for Norah, a rebellious teenager facing torture in the World Fantasy and Shirley Jackson Award winner “The Pelican Bar” as she confronts Mama Strong, the sadistic boss of a rehabilitation facility; for the narrator recounting her descent in “What I Didn’t See.”

With clear and insightful prose, Fowler’s stories measure the human capacities for hope and despair, brutality and kindness. This collection, which includes two Nebula Award winners and stories which have been significantly rewritten since first publication, is sure to delight readers, even as it pulls the rug out from underneath their feet.


Stories that slip up behind you and break your heart before you know it.


Publisher: Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press ; [Minneapolis, Minn.] : Distributed to the trade by Consortium, c2012
Edition: 1st paperback ed
ISBN: 9781931520485
Branch Call Number: FICTION FOWLER 2012
Characteristics: 197 p. cm

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