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Lucy Ives
Soft Skull Press

Cosmogony: Stories


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An energetic, witty collection of stories from Lucy Ives, one of the finest fiction writers working today. Surreal, playful, and utterly distinctive, Cosmogony offers a window into Ives' labyrinthine, literary consciousness.

A woman answers a Craigslist ad (to write erotic diaries for money). A woman walks onto a tennis court (from her home at the bottom of the ocean). A woman goes to the supermarket and meets a friend’s husband (who happens to be an immortal demon). A woman goes for a run (and accidentally time travels).

Cosmogony takes accounts of so-called normal life and mines them for inconsistencies, deceptions, and delights. Incorporating a virtuosic range of styles and genres (Wikipedia entry, phone call, physics equation, encounters with the supernatural), these stories reveal how the narratives we tell ourselves and believe are inevitably constructed, offering a glimpse of the structures that underlie and apparently determine human existence.

“Rare and fearless, Cosmogony’s high-wire formal playfulness forges a circuit of human connection blinking at unlikely nodes. Even in moments of alienation and hurt, Ives’s characters find themselves inextricably tethered to each other through philosophy, systems that fail them, art and love and searching. The puzzle pieces of this collection notch together, assembling a picture of the mysterious intelligence of coincidence and the sad, funny faces with which we meet it.” —Tracy O’Neill, author of Quotients and The Hopeful

  • Author:

    Lucy Ives

  • Title:

    Cosmogony: Stories

  • Dimensions:

    8.3 x 0.75 x 5.5 inches

  • Pages:


  • Publisher:

    Soft Skull Press

  • Publication Date:

    March 9, 2021

  • ISBN: