About the Book:

“All of Stephanie Dickinson’s works are about language: taut, urgent, effervescent. Her extraordinary talent shimmies in the daylight of her paged ruminations, in the night of her haunting revelations. Reading Stephanie Dickinson is like being thrown back in time to a more careful, more erudite, era of writing rising off the wings of a brilliance seldom seen these days; maybe it’s because her “Emily” pieces speak of that gentler time. Yet next to Annie Dillard, I’m not sure I’ve met Dickinson’s contemporary equal. Her works are all about the lucid, arresting turns of phrase that make language as surprising and re-readable as it should be.”—Chila Woychik, essayist and editor of Eastern Iowa Review

“In The Emily Fables, Dickinson’s writing changes the body/the being of anyone tough enough to read what she writes, how it makes that person gasp, makes that person’s throat catch, heart skip skip a beat as word after word she nails something that has never before been nailed. She discovers for the reader something that before had no existence on the map of daily human beings and marks it out as a new a roadway. There Dickinson is, machete in hand, pick on the ground beside her, cutting a trail, digging out a byway, pointing out landmark after landmark along the way.”Allen Brafman, author of Stone Feathers

“Danger is always palpably present in The Emily Fables. It travels with us as we follow Emily’s journey that geographically takes us no farther than the four corners of an Iowa farm. It is the un-nerving that we can’t shake. Sometimes we feel it is a spirit that lives within the narrator, a dybuk, that shares her mind, strums her emotions with its willful dissonances. It is a lyrical trip with a fallen angel and we wonder how she came to fall.”—Rosemary De Angelis, Director, New York Drama Desk Award Winning Actress