The Isle of Youth


Laura van den Berg

Published by Daunt Books in Paperback / Epub (£9.99) on 19-03-2015

Shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award

New York Times Editors Choice

The Isle of Youth is a collection of short stories that explore the lives of women mired in secrecy and deception. From a newlywed caught in an inscrutable marriage, to a pair of sister private eyes working a bafling case in South Florida, to a teenager who assists her magician mother and steals from the audience – the characters in these stories are at once vulnerable and dangerous, bighearted and ruthless, and they will do what it takes to survive.

The Isle of Youth was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and named a ‘Best Book of 2013’ by over a dozen venues, including NPR, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

  • Uniformly excellent – emotionally complex, very raw – but always with a mixture of pathos and humour that made me think of Lorrie Moore.

    Dave Eggers

  • Absolutely captivating

    Vanity Fair

  • A wonderful collection, Laura van den Berg never lets us turn away

    New York Times

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