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Peach Pit

Peach Pit

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Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Dzanc Books
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A stunning anthology of fierce and dangerous women, featuring stories from Lauren Groff, Deesha Philyaw, K-Ming Chang, and thirteen other award-winning and bestselling authors

A middle-aged Black woman exacts revenge on the aggressively average men she meets on dating sites. A girl buries pieces of herself in a hole beneath an apple tree, hoping to escape her mother's life of struggle and servitude. A group of teenage girls compete for the title of "Worst Girl in America." A young woman in Taiwan becomes infatuated with a female scam caller, a fleeting ghost of a love that blossoms from strangeness. And a wealthy woman goes to unconventional, and perhaps not entirely ethical, lengths to find her dream man.

In these sixteen stories, we see women at their most monstrous--as con artists and murderers, cutthroats and scalpers, ruled by ambition and grief and spite. Characters for those tired of being told to play nice. Dressed to the nines in morally gray, the stories in this anthology comprise an envelope full of teeth: each one distinct, unsettling, and sharp enough to rip out a throat.

List of contributors: Alice Ash, Alicia Elliott, Alison Rumfitt, Aliya Whiteley, Amanda Leduc, Chana Porter, Chantal V. Johnson, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Deesha Philyaw, K-Ming Chang, Lauren Groff, Maisy Card, Megan Giddings, Sarah Rose Etter, Vanessa Chan, Yah Yah Scholfield

About the Author

Contributor Bios: Alice Ash is theauthor of the short story collection ParadiseBlock, which won The Edge Hill Short Story Readers'Prize in 2021. She was longlisted for the Galley Beggar Short Story Prize in2019, and other writing has been featured in Granta, Refinery29, 3: AM, Hotel, ExtraTeeth Magazine, the TLS, and Mslexia, amongst manyothers. Interests include motherhood, women's horror writing, domesticity, magical realism, and metamorphosis. Alice's second book, a novel, will bepublished by Serpent's Tail in 2024. Alice teaches at the University ofWestminster and Goldsmiths University, and she is an editor with The LiteraryConsultancy. She lives in the UK. Alicia Elliott is a Mohawkwriter and editor living in Ontario. She has written for The Globe and Mail, CBC, Hazlitt and many others. She's had numerous essays nominated for NationalMagazine Awards, winning Gold in 2017 and an honourable mention in 2020. Hershort fiction was selected for Best American Short Stories 2018 (by RoxaneGay), Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. Alicia waschosen by Tanya Talaga as the 2018 recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging WriterAward. Her first book, A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, was a nationalbestseller in Canada. It was also nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers'Trust Prize for Nonfiction, and won the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award. Alison Rumfitt is a writerand semi-professional trans woman. Tell Me I'm Worthless, her debut novel, waspublished in 2021 by Cipher Press in the UK and in 2023 by Tor Nightfire in theUS. Her second novel, Brainwyrms, is coming October 2023. She lives in the UK. Aliya Whiteley's novelsand novellas have been shortlisted for multiple awards including the Arthur CClarke award and a Shirley Jackson award. Her short fiction has appearedin Interzone, BeneathCeaseless Skies, F&SF, BlackStatic, StrangeHorizons, The Dark, McSweeney'sInternet Tendency and TheGuardian, as well as in anthologies such as UnsungStories' 2084 andLonely Planet's Better than Fiction.She writes in many genres, she takes a lot of long walks during which shethinks up strange things, and she bakes a mean choc chip vanilla cookie. Shelives in the UK. Amanda Leduc is theauthor of the novel THE CENTAUR'S WIFE and the non-fiction book DISFIGURED: ONFAIRY TALES, DISABILITY, AND MAKING SPACE, which was shortlisted for the 2020Governor General's Award in Nonfiction (Canada) and longlisted for the 2020Barbellion Prize (UK). She is also the author of an earlier novel, THE MIRACLESOF ORDINARY MEN. She has cerebral palsy and lives in Hamilton, Ontario, whereshe serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Festival of LiteraryDiversity (FOLD), Canada's first festival for diverse authors and stories. Shelives in Ontario. Chana Porter is anovelist, playwright, teacher, MacDowell fellow, and cofounder of The OctaviaProject, a STEM and writing program for girls and trans and nonbinary youththat uses speculative fiction to envision greater possibilities for our world.Her debut novel The Seep was an ABAIndie Next Pick, Open Letters Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Book of 2020, a 2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and a Times (UK) Best Sci-fi Book of2021. As a playwright, her work has been produced and developed at New Georges, Playwrights Horizons, Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, Target Margin, and many more.Her second novel The Thick and The Leanis out from Saga/Simon & Schuster spring 2023. Chana is currently adaptingUrsula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessedinto an opera with the composer Ted Hearne. She lives in Los Angeles. Pronouns: she/they Chantal V. Johnsonis a lawyer and writer. Her debut novel, Post-Traumatic, was long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A graduate ofStanford Law School and a former Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellow, she lives in New York. Chaya Bhuvaneswaris a practicing physician, writer and PEN /American Robert W. Bingham DebutFiction award finalist for her story collection WHITEDANCING ELEPHANTS: STORIES, which was alsoselected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Debut Fiction and Best Short Story Collectionand appeared on "best of" lists for Harper's Bazaar, Elle, VogueIndia, and Entertainment Weekly. Her work has appeared in TheNew York Times, Salon, Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Literature, Kenyon Review, Masters Review, The Millions, Joyland, Michigan QuarterlyReview, The Awl, and elsewhere. She has receivedfellowships from MacDowell, Community of Writers and Sewanee WritersWorkshop. She lives in Massachusetts. Deesha Philyaw's debutshort story collection, The Secret Lives ofChurch Ladies, won the 2021PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and the 2020 LATimes Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and was a finalistfor the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. The SecretLives of Church Ladies focuses on Blackwomen, sex, and the Black church, and is being adapted for television by HBOMax with Tessa Thompson executive producing. Deesha is also a Kimbilio FictionFellow and the 2022-2023 John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at theUniversity of Mississippi. Deesha lives in California. K-Ming Chang is aKundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National BookFoundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the New York Times BookReview Editors' Choice books Bestiaryand Gods of Want (OneWorld/Random House), and two forthcoming books, a novel titled OrganMeats (One World) and a novella titledCecilia (Coffee House Press). She lives in California. Kristel Buckleyis an editor, publicist and former publisher from the Big Smoke. She is morethan happy to talk your ear off about the unfaithful representation of women inhistory, and her passion is a more equitable, inclusive future for all storiesfrom all voices. She lives in the UK. Lauren Groff is theauthor of six books of fiction, the most recent the novel MATRIX (September2021). Her work has won The Story Prize, the ABA Indies' Choice Award, andFrance's Grand Prix de l'Héroïne, was a three time finalist for the NationalBook Award for Fiction and twice for the Kirkus Prize, and was shortlisted forthe National Book Critics Circle Prize, the Southern Book Prize, and the LosAngeles Times Prize. She has received fellowships from the GuggenheimFoundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and was named one ofGranta's Best of Young American Novelists. Her work has been translated intoover thirty languages. She lives in Florida. Maisy Card is theauthor of the novel These Ghosts are Family, which won an American Book Award, the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize in Fiction and was afinalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, The Center for FictionFirst Novel Prize, and the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award. Her writing hasappeared in The Paris Review Daily, AGNI, The NewYork Times, Guernica, and otherpublications. She lives in New Jersey. Megan Giddings has degreesfrom University of Michigan and Indiana University. In 2018, she was arecipient of a Barbara Deming Memorial fund grant for feminist fiction. Hernovel, Lakewood, waspublished by Amistad in 2020. It was one of New York Magazine's 10 best booksof 2020, one of NPR's best books of 2020, a Michigan Notable book for 2021, wasa nominee for two NAACP Image Awards, and a finalist for a 2020 LA Times BookPrize in The Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and SpeculativeFiction category. In 2021, she was named one of Indiana University's 20 under40. Her second novel, The Women Could Fly(Amistad 2022), was named one of The Washington Post's Best Science Fiction andFantasy novels of 2022, one of Vulture's Best Fantasy books of 2022 andwas a New York Times Editors' Choice. She livesin Minneapolis. Molly Llewellynis a twenty-something queer, disabled book blogger from the UK. She is half ofthe editing team for PEACH PIT coming Fall 2023 from Dzanc, which is her firstbig editing role. She's a big fan of 'weird women' lit and anything that is thecolour green. She lives in the UK. Sarah Rose Etter is the author of TheBook of X, winner of a Shirley Jackson Award, and the novel Ripe (Scribner, July 2023). Her work has appeared in TIME, Bomb, The Cut, Vice, OxfordAmerican, and more. You can find out more at Shelives in California. Vanessa Chan was bornand raised in Malaysia. Her short stories have been published in Electric Lit, Kenyon Review, Ecotone, and more. She was the 2021 Stanley Elkin scholar at theSewanee Writers Conference and has also received scholar awards to attend theBread Loaf and Tin House writers' conferences. THE STORM WE MADE, her firstnovel, will be published with Marysue Rucci Books in 2024. She lives in the U.S. Yah Yah Scholfieldis a horror artiste, Brooklyn born and Atlanta raised. Their work can be foundin Fiyah Lit magazine, and a handful of other magazines and anthologies. Theypublished their debut novel "On Sundays, She Picked Flowers' in 2021, and theyhave a short story collection coming out in 2023. When Yah Yah is not craftinghorrors, they're working as a professional stay-at-home daughter and wranglerof their two cats, Sophie and Chihiro. They live in the US.