Ms. Fridlund is appearing courtesy of Grove Atlantic
Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota and currently resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Her fiction has appeared in a variety of journals, including Boston Review, Zyzzyva, FiveChapters, New Orleans Review, Sou'wester, New Delta Review, Chariton Review, Portland Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly. Fridlund's collection of stories, Catapult, won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and will be published by Sarabande in 2017. Her new novel, History of Wolves, was just published by Atlantic Monthly Press.
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/2016):
An atmospheric, near-gothic coming-of-age novel turns on the dance between predator and prey.Fridlund's debut won the McGinnis-Ritchie Award in 2013 for its first chapter. It's a 17-page stunner that begins with a child ghost and ends in a chorus of communal condemnation. The novel itself unfurls in far northern Minnesota, where a 14-year-old named Mattie Furston, who calls herself Linda, is living on a failed commune with her parents. She's hungry in flesh and spirit, a backwoods outcast among "hockey players in their yellowed caps...cheerleaders with their static-charged bangs." She chops wood and cleans fish with her father, who was "kind to objects. With people he was a little afraid." When a young woman moves with her 4-year-old son into a new cabin across the lake, the teenage Linda, who's looking back on these events as an adult, is hired to babysit. Fridlund is an assured writer: she knows how water tuts against a boat hull and how mosquitoes descend into any patch of shade. The novel has a tinge of fairy tale, wavering on the blur between good and evil, thought and action. But the sharp consequences for its characters make it singe and sing--a literary tour de force. Four years after its initial prize, this slender work is worth the wait.