Author Spotlight: Catherine Lacey (7/20/20)

Catherine Lacey is an author who takes literary fiction to the next level. Her third novel, PEW, is a foreboding, provocative, and amorphous fable about the world today: its contradictions, its flimsy morality, and the limits of judging others based on their appearance.

Catherine pushes boundaries and keeps you guessing with the story of a genderless and racially ambiguous visitor who refuses to speak and the small, religious town where the person appears, throwing its inhabitants into a frenzy.


2 starred reviews!

“A silent stranger of indeterminate origin is discovered sleeping on a church pew in Lacey’s haunting fable about morality and self-delusion…Darkly playful; a warning without a moral.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Lacey (CERTAIN AMERICAN STATES) sets an ambitious, powerful fable of identity and belief in the contemporary American South…Lacey’s talent shines in this masterful work, her best yet.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Read more from Catherine Lacey:


“Lacey delivers an accomplished collection featuring characters suffering a sense of dislocation, as if they’ve just been pushed off a cliff…Highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review


“Startling and stunning and compulsively strange, Lacey’s sophomore novel is a haunting investigation into the nature of love. With otherworldly precision and subtle wit, Lacey creates a gently surreal dreamscape that’s both intoxicating and profound. A singular novel; as unexpected as it is rich.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Lacey displays an exceptional ability to articulate the elusiveness of knowing others, as well as the desire to find meaning and trust within.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review


Catherine Lacey’s humorous and insightful debut about a woman on a journey facing obsession and numbness in the face of love, loss, danger, and self-knowledge.

PEW by Catherine Lacey; 9780374230920; available 7/21/20.
CERTAIN AMERICAN STATES: Stories by Catherine Lacey; 9781250214973; available now.
THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey; 9781250183088; available now.
NOBODY IS EVER MISSING by Catherine Lacey; 9780374534493; available now.

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