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GennaRose Nethercott in Person

Join us on Thursday, February 8 at 7 PM as GennaRose Nethercott talks about her new collection Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart and Other Stories. She will be joined in conversation by Jedediah Berry.

About the Book

From the author of the breakout novel Thistlefoot: a collection of dark fairytales and fractured folklore exploring how our passions can save us—or go monstrously wrong.

The stories in Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart are about the abomination that resides within us all. That churning, clawing, ravenous yearning: the hunger to be held, and seen, and known. And the terror, too: to be loved too well, or not enough, or for long enough. To be laid bare before your sweetheart, to their horror. To be recognized as the monstrous thing you are.

Two teenage girls working at a sinister roadside attraction called the Eternal Staircase explore its secrets—and their own doomed summer love. A zombie rooster plays detective in a missing persons case. A woman moves into a new house with her acclaimed artist boyfriend—and finds her body slowly shifting into something specially constructed to accommodate his needs and whims. A pack of middle schoolers turn to the occult to rid themselves of a hated new classmate. And a pair of outcasts, a vampire and a goat woman, find solace in each other, even as the world's lack of understanding might bring about its own end.

In these lush, strange, beautifully written stories, GennaRose Nethercott explores human longing in all its diamond-dark facets to create a collection that will redefine what you see as a beast, and make you beg to have your heart broken.

About the Author

GENNAROSE NETHERCOTT is the author of a novel, Thistlefoot, a short story collection, Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart, and a book-length poem, The Lumberjack’s Dove, which was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. She helps create the podcasts Lore and Harlots, the latter of which she also hosts, and she tours nationally and internationally performing strange tales (sometimes with puppets in tow). She lives in the woodlands of Vermont, beside an old cemetery.

About Jedediah Berry

Jedediah Berry is the author of a novel, The Manual of Detection, and a story in cards, The Family Arcana. He lives in Western Massachusetts. Together with his partner, writer Emily Houk, he runs Ninepin Press, an independent publisher of fiction, poetry, and games in unusual shapes.


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Event date: 
Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
9 College St
South Hadley, MA 01075
Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart: And Other Stories By GennaRose Nethercott Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593314180
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - February 6th, 2024

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