Kingdom of the Young

Stories by Edie Meidav

The dynamic characters in Kingdom of the Young are searching: for adventure, work, love, absolution, better chances elsewhere. In a symphonic stream of consciousness, a fanatical child army loses faith in its commander as he ages unforgivably into his thirties. A woman possessed with wanderlust and a small inheritance seeks love among the cave-dwelling Roma in Granada. Traumatized war veterans run local rackets; smarmy bureaucrats rise through the ranks of repressive regimes; civilians attempt to escape the stranglehold of life under dictatorships. From the honeycombed caves outside the Alhambra to the streets of Havana, from hospital wards to quinceaneraparties, these stories — along with the collection’s illuminating nonfiction coda — testify to Meidav’s vast imaginative range.

 

Praise for Kingdom of the Young

“A probing and deeply ruminative cross-genre odyssey. Meidav pulls readers through a series of dreamy, complex, poignant stories with language that is by turns gauzy-poetic and pinpoint-precise but unfailingly inventive…. A penetrating collection that glides among an impressive breadth of storytelling modes with warmth and easy brilliance.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“In every single bit of Meidav’s work, the prose is dazzling. Reading Kingdom of the Young, I was often reminded of two of my favorite writers, Nabokov and Gass.”
— René Steinke, author of Holy Skirts, finalist for the National Book Award

“This astonishing book unpeels its many layers with grace, searching intelligence, and deep empathy.”
— Sharon Guskin, author of The Forgetting Time

“An alchemist of empathy, of nuanced observation and unexpected truths, Edie Meidav is a writer whose every magical story probes human experience from triumphs to tragedies and all the terrain between. Kingdom of the Young is nothing short of masterful, the work of a born storyteller in full, glorious voice.”
— Bradford Morrow, author of The Forgers

Edie Meidav is the author of three novels — The Far Field, Crawl Space, and Lola, California. Her honors include a Lannan Literary Award, the Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, the Bard Fiction Prize, a Whiting Award, and a Howard Fellowship. She teaches in the University of Massachusetts MFA program and lives in Amherst.

 

Publisher: Sarabande Books
Pub Date: April 11, 2017
256 pages. $15.95
ISBN: 978-1941411414
Available: Pre-order at Amazon.com and many fine indie bookstores

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