What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us

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Scribe Publications Pty Limited, Jan 31, 2011 - Fiction - 192 pages
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The stories in Laura van den Berg’s rich and inventive debut illuminate the intersection of the mythic and the mundane.

A failed actress takes a job as a Bigfoot impersonator. A grieving missionary becomes obsessed with a creature rumoured to live in the forests of the Congo. And, in the title story, a young woman travelling with her scientist mother in Madagascar confronts her burgeoning sexuality and her dream of becoming a long-distance swimmer.

Rendered with grace and precision, this breathtaking collection is narrated by women yearning for absolution, for solace, for the flash of extraordinary that will forever alter their lives.

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User Review  - kvrfan - LibraryThing

Absorbing stories. All involve a woman at a crossroads, and many--peripherally--a mythical monster: Sasquatch, Loch Ness, the Congo's mokele-mbembe, mishegenabeg (a legendary aquatic creature of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - CaroPi - LibraryThing

I most say that Laura van den berg has an strange effect in me. At the beginning I felt disappointed and I gave a 3 starts review to the book. But after a while the stories started to make a different ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her MFA at Emerson College. Her fiction has appeared in many publications, including One Story, Boston Review, American Short Fiction, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008 and Best New American Voices 2010. She is currently at work on new stories and a novel.

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