Lara’s debut story collection, ANIMAL WIFE, won the Red Hen Press Fiction Award, judged by Ann Hood, and is forthcoming in 2020.
“In villages where women bore most of the weight of a constricted life, witches flew by night on broomsticks,” said Italo Calvino of the way imagination bridges the gap between everyday existence and an idealized alternative. The 15 stories of ANIMAL WIFE are unified by girls and women who cross this threshold seeking liberation from family responsibilities, from societal expectations, from their own minds.
A girl born with feathers undertakes a quest for the mother who abandoned her. An indecisive woman drinks Foresight, only to become stymied by the futures branching before her. A woman becomes psychologically trapped in her car. A proofreader cultivates a cage fighting alter ego. A girl acts on her desire for a childhood friend as a monster draws closer to the shore. A widow invites a bear to hibernate in her den.
“From the first sentence ANIMAL WIFE grabbed me and never let go. Sensual and intelligent, with gorgeous prose, it made me dizzy with its exploration and illumination of the inner and outer lives of girls and women.”—New York Times best-selling author Ann Hood
Many of the stories from ANIMAL WIFE have been published in literary magazines, including StoryQuarterly, Hunger Mountain, The Massachusetts Review, The Normal School, River Styx, and Paper Darts, among others.