The kick-ass debut by Berlin Prize Finalist and Breakout 8 writer Amy Lee Lillard, coming from Atelier26 Books
in October 2021.
trade paperback, 260 pages, $16
Release date: October 12, 2021
"When I first encountered Amy Lillard’s fiction three years ago in Epiphany's Breakout Writers issue, I looked her up, desperately hoping she had a book coming out. The wait is over, and what a dazzling book it is! With spare and unassuming prose, Lillard has produced a radically profound and unforgettable story collection that upends received notions of femininity and storytelling. Through their aspirations, their desires, their insecurities, and their heartbreaks, the women in Dig Me Out offer us nuanced insights into the human condition."
author of Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl
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Praise for Dig Me Out
"Damn! I'm jealous of the sheer brio and adventuresomeness of these stories -- Amy Lee Lillard's willingness to try on different forms, genders, identities, and voices in the service of dark truths. This is a firecracker debut with a rock n roll wildness at its heart."
author of The Association of Small Bombs
"A fierce debut collection inhabited by a wild multitude of characters. The women in Amy Lee Lillard’s stories catalogue the strangeness of the natural world, want to escape the confines of the body, seek revenge
against convention, are witchy, feral, ready to tear free."
author of The Gone Dead and The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead
"Buckle your belts -- this rocket is ready to launch,
and Saturnalia never felt so near!"
author of As Flies to Whatless Boys and Cut Guavas
"Original and highly imaginative stories. Amy Lee Lillard is a daring writer."
-CARTER SICKELS, author of The Prettiest Star
Set to a rebellious Riot Grrrl soundtrack, this book is a feminist battle cry, a fist with black-painted nails pumped in dark Chicago clubs, in Midwestern cities and suburbs full of women who are hungry, who long for more, who scratch and claw and dig — into the earth, into their own skin — to find something better. A fierce reclamation of femininity, sexuality, and selfhood, Dig Me Out
made me pump my own fist in the air."
author of Tomboyland
From the Publisher:
"Maybe not since I first read Jayne Anne Phillips’ Black Tickets or the work of Ali Smith have I been so electrified as a reader. The stories in Dig Me Out take on huge and important themes like institutionalized misogyny and homophobia, societal and climatological violence, and the specter of our technologized future. But these stories also astonish on every other level, from the rhythms of each sentence to the breathtaking plots and the deep humanity of the authorial vision. This is the kind of fiction Atelier26 exists to celebrate and share."
-M. Allen Cunningham, Atelier26 Books founder & publisher
SPANNING GENRES, CONTINENTS, AND ERAS, Lillard’s multilayered collection is all at once outrageously imaginative, provocative, and deeply absorbing. Ranging from the speculative to the historical, from magical realism to forensic realism, Dig Me Out carries the reader somewhere new — and newly thrilling — with every story, and constitutes a dazzling and rightfully dangerous work of literary art.
For the launch of Dig Me Out, Atelier26 is planning intensive regional promotion in the Northeast, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest, including author events.
For more information, contact atelier26books [at] gmail [dot] com.
Amy Lee Lillard has been shortlisted for the Berlin Writing Prize and named one of Epiphany’s Breakout 8 Writers. Her writing appears in Foglifter, Off Assignment, Adroit, Gertrude, and other publications. Lillard is one of the broads behind Broads and Books, a funny and feminist book podcast. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from the Pan-European program at Cedar Crest College, an MA in literature from Northwestern University, and a BA in English, journalism and psychology from the University of Iowa.
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Amy Lee Lillard Gave a Reading from Dig Me Out during the Epiphany Magazine Year-End Celebration, Hosted by New York's McNally Jackson Books. Watch the video of Amy's reading: