Mandolin’s First Collection, “Through the Drowsy Dark,” Is Out!

Aqueduct Press — a small publisher that specializes in “bringing challenging feminist science fiction to the demanding reader” — has published “Through the Drowsy Dark,” a collection of poetry and short fiction by Rachel Swirsky, also known to “Alas” readers as Mandolin.

Congratulations, Mandolin! This is Mandolin’s first published book (although clearly it will not be her last).

Here’s how Aqueduct describes the 146-page paperback book:

Through the Drowsy Dark collects ten stories and nine poems by Nebula- and Hugo-nominee Rachel Swirsky, “a terrific writer who’s been making a name for herself with a string of intelligent, perceptive stories,” as critic Jonathan Strahan characterizes her. In Through the Drowsy Dark, Swirsky’s characters struggle with too much and too little emotional control, with heartbreak, with grief that has gone deep underground; they search for nothingness, for difference, for oneness. One commits a terrible crime because she believes it’s the moral thing to do, while another digs up a dead dog because the very thought of kissing it on the lips makes her clitoris throb. Swirsky’s explorations of the heart and mind are fearless—and dangerous fictions indeed.

You can purchase Through the Drowsy Dark on the Aquaduct Press website, Amazon, and many other booksellers.

By the way, the cover illustration was drawn by me. Here’s a big version of it, if you’re interested:

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5 Responses to Mandolin’s First Collection, “Through the Drowsy Dark,” Is Out!

  1. 1
    Jake Squid says:

    Congratulations! I look forward to reading it.

  2. 2
    littlem says:

    Congratulations, Mandolin!
    And thank you for your illustration, Amp!

  3. 3
    Angiportus says:

    Necrobestiality? No,thanks. I guess I should be grateful for the warning, but my eyeballs still have whiplash. Yes, I have examined my squemamishness but it still stands. Aqueduct has put out some nice stuff but I think I will avoid this one.

  4. 4
    Simple Truth says:

    Congratulations on your first published book, Mandolin! That’s got to feel spectacular (I hope!)…either that, or like you just gave the world something very important to you and you’re hoping that they don’t break it or leave it in the couch cushions or something.

    At any rate, I wish for your success and continued publishing!

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