Published by: Metatron Press
Imprint: Metatron Press
Sales Date: 2023-05-19
Published: May 2023
Imprint: Metatron Press
Page Count: 176 Pages
Dimensions: 4.70 x 6.50
176 Pages, 4.70 x 6.50 x 7.08 mm
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Best friends in a dystopian near-future seek transcendence while serving time for their abortions; a new mother reeling from postpartum depression slips from reality into fantasy, clinking champagne flutes with the ghost of Simone de Beauvoir; a trans woman rapt by visions and memories after a brutal attack grants last rights to a cow as it sinks to the bottom of the ocean; a woman killed in an industrial accident achieves self-actualization in the afterlife, adrift on a mystical couch. The characters inhabiting Little Fury yearn and fumble for connection, seeking hope beneath the rubble of a broken world. Suspended between the real and surreal, Casey Bell’s debut merges earthy realism with other-worldly lyricism to linger in the unsettling, slippery in-between of dreaming and waking, voicelessness and uproar, longing and belonging.
Community of Caring
Lady of the Lake
Luminous through the Mist
No Man’s Land
Sybil and the Saguaro
Wax Palm and Bougainvillea
Penelope and the Lotus Eaters
Dirt to Sea
Ways of Bleeding
How to Disappear Completely
“Casey Bell’s Little Fury captures the lives of its finely drawn characters with a sensitive vitality akin to the short stories of Lucia Berlin. Bell's prose is filled with a fragrant heat that makes even the most ordinary of circumstances striking. an evocative, pleasurable debut.”
— Marlowe Granados, author of Happy Hour
“These luminous stories delve into the ambivalences of contemporary womanhood, offering not only fierce portraits of loneliness and want, but also surprising possibilities for new modes of communion.”
— Claire Stanford author of Happy for You
"Little Fury is a smart, unsettling marvel of feminist fabulism. (A woman fleeing postpartum hell meets Audre Lorde and Simone de Beauvoir inside a desert cactus!) As they probe the intricate ambivalences of friendship, sex, and motherhood, these stories blaze with longing and darkness and defiance and inchoate joy."
— Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks
"Little Fury is a wild, exhilarating ride—it takes us back to the Paleolithic and up to the stars, takes us deeply into and beyond the physical world, exploring both embodiment and dissociation, the longings of both flesh and spirit, giving us little glimpses of what it’s like to be free from patriarchy, what it's like to be truly free. Casey Bell is a furiously talented and visionary writer; her stories leave me breathless, leave me energized, leave me believing we can make a better world."
—Gayle Brandeis, author of Drawing Breath
"Casey Bell’s Little Fury is an astonishing collection. These impassioned stories are viscerally angry, heartrendingly sad, and mordantly funny—often all at once—and told in fierce, controlled, gorgeous prose. This is a book to share and to treasure."
—Christopher Coake, author of You Would Have Told Me Not To
- The Metatron Prize for Rising Authors (Fiction)