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Maryse Meijer, Northwood

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

We are delighted to welcome Bookshop Santa Cruz alumna Maryse Meijer (Heartbreaker) for a discussion and signing of her new book, Northwood.

Part fairy tale, part horror story, Northwood is a genre-breaking novella told in short, brilliant, beautifully strange passages. The narrator, a young woman, has fled to the forest to pursue her artwork in isolation. While there, she falls in love with a married man she meets at a country dance. The man is violent, their affair even more so. As she struggles to free herself, she questions the difference between desire and obsession—and the brutal nature of intimacy. Packaged with illustrations by famed English artist Rufus Newell and inventive, white-on-black text treatments by award-winning designer Jonathan Yamakami, Northwood is a work of art as well as a literary marvel.

Maryse Meijer is the author of Heartbreaker. She lives in Chicago.

"Northwood’s mesmerizing alchemy is this: pain + desire + the deep, dark woods = a book so addictive you will inhale it in one breath. Meijer has made her own form, something new and wide-open, something as blissful and broken as the language of lovesickness itself." —Samantha Hunt, author of The Dark Dark

"This strange and beautiful novel has everything I want: formal play, myths and fairy tales, the politics of art-making, the all-obliterating power and complexity of desire, a cabin in the woods. I can’t wait to see what Maryse Meijer does next.” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

“With all the precision, concision, and mystery of an essential Grimms’ fairy tale, the stunning passages in Mayrse Meijer’s Northwood lure us down wooded paths where woodcutter, bear, fox, moth, and lover allure and menace. The woman inside these pages draws a world as inevitable, endangered, and necessary as any Gretel or Snow White. Count me a fan of this original writer.” —Victoria Redel, author of Before Everything and Make Me Do Things


This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins.

If you have any ADA accomodation requests, please contact by November 12th.

Northwood: A Novella Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948226011
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Black Balloon Publishing - November 6th, 2018