I'm very happy to say that my book, Vertigo, is published in the US by Dorothy, a Publishing Project today.
Dorothy is an extraordinary publisher; producing only two books a year, it punches far above its weight, consistently championing exciting and innovative new writing. I'd like to give many thanks to Danielle Dutton and Martin Riker, who run the press, and who are both brilliant.
"I fell in love not with a book, then, but with a tone, or style. Call it a voice. With manuscripts, what matters most for me is always the prose itself – sentence by strange, glorious, unsettling sentence – the energy in it, its freshness of thought and phrase. When I read Joanna’s submission I knew I wanted to publish that voice, all the different registers it could hit, all the different experiences it managed to fold into itself." Danielle Dutton, The Irish Times.
Here's some press - I'll add more as it arrives:
Vertigo: starred review at Kirkus: "sentences that can make your heart stop. A feat of language".
Flavorwire 50 best Independent Books of 2015: "One of the English-language debuts of the year."
LA Times: "Renata Adler's "Speedboat" with a faster engine... "Vertigo" reads with the exhilarating speed and concentrated force of a poetry collection. Each word seems carefully weighed and prodded for sound, taste, touch... The stories are delicate, but they leave a strong impression, a lasting sense of detachment colliding with feeling, a heady destabilization."
The Believer's Best Books of 2015: "Supple, floating stories that unfold like memories almost too painful to recall in an affectless voice that can be digressive or disarmingly direct but which is ultimately devastating."
Electric Lit: "The stories in Walsh’s Vertigo are equally strange and edgy. She’s a flâneur who’s just as capable of representing the exterior and interior wreckage with equal precision. She takes on big ideas—partnership, loneliness, femininity, etc.—through the vibrant minutiae of contemporary experience."
Flavourwire's 33 Must-read books: "Walsh’s Vertigo may redistribute the possibilities of contemporary fiction, especially if it meets with the wider audience her work demands."
Vol. 1 Brooklyn: "Do you like your fiction difficult to pin down and stunningly written?"
Darcie Dennigan at The Rumpus: "It feels so good to see Walsh jam open the lexicon—and with such dry wit."
Chicago Tribune: " the stories in "Vertigo" inject new life into the short-story form. Walsh takes language to liminal spaces, describing reality — or, more profoundly, what we perceive to be our reality — in fresh ways. The effect is like zero gravity: both dizzying and dazzling."
Huffington Post: A "slim work of fiction as strange as it is compelling."
Sydney Review of Books: " Vertigo is a slim but deadly volume... In Vertigo, one marvels at times not at the craft nor the prose nor even the book’s intellection – though all are present in quantities rare for the often feverishly anti-intellectual bent of much contemporary fiction – but the voice. Voice. Something that unnerves. Something – a presence – that if too much time is granted it will only unsettles us further."
Jeff VanderMeer's best books of 2015 at Electric Literature: "I can’t stop quoting Walsh because her sentences are so excellent, and because all of her stories are constructed solely from excellent sentences."
Flavorwire 10 Must-read books for October: "Walsh’s writing is visual, clear-eyed, a kind of mix (somehow) of Marie NDiaye and Elena Ferrante. Years from now when you’re still reading her work, you’ll remember that you started here."
“her stories reveal a psychological landscape lightly spooked by loneliness, jealousy and alienation.” New York Times
Don'tdoitmag: "Walsh is one of the most important writers today in terms of exploring the gap between the possibilities and actualities of female experience, and what it means to navigate that gap. To me she is therapeutic: heartfelt but poised, cynical but not hard."
Scott Esposito at Conversational Reading: "These stories are intense."
Vertigo at Jeff Vandermeer: "Stunning short, sharp shocks with insight that reminds me of the very personal work of Clarice Lispector."
Publishers Weekly: "a compelling pitch into the inner life."
Left-bank Books: "The stories in Vertigo are linked by speaker and can be read like a novel, but each stands alone as an example of just how many boundaries the short form can push in a few pages... A mind-blowing must-read."
Diesel Bookstore: "Walsh's ambiguities are... quietly precise and stunning."
Emerging writers network:"Walsh's language is incredible"
The Fanzine: "subtle thought processes that float above raw feeling."
Papermag: One of 10 books you should be reading this fall.
In Books of the Year at Medium.com.
Minor Literatures: "One of the singular joys in Walsh’s prose is how she questions and twists language systems until familiar words and expressions become uncanny, portals to a stranger world."
If you are interested in reviewing, or rights, please get in touch with me (email link on my 'ABOUT' page, top of right sidebar) or Dorothy.