"Genevieve Plunkett's stories are elegant, original, and moving, with the lyrical brilliance and bite of Sylvia Plath...a thrilling debut."

—Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Almost Famous Women

"Few writers capture sex as beautifully and self-consciously, as strangely and humorously, as Plunkett. Simply put, I loved these stories."

—Lori Ostlund, author of After The Parade

"...we can believe again in the possibility of triumph over despair, of life over emptiness. This book beats with the heart of our times."

—Anne Raeff, author of Only the River

"Perfectly calibrated and teeming with style, these dark little masterpieces are full of grim brilliance. Plunkett is a rare and ferocious talent, and this is a stunning debut."

—Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light

Brilliant, biting stories set in not-so bucolic Vermont, land of antique stores, small town, fading farms, and young women trying to figure out marriage, motherhood, sex and their own power.

Prepare Her tells the stories of young women at the brink of discovering their own power. The crossroads in their lives are not always the obvious kind–divorce, motherhood, coming of age–but sometimes much more private and dramatic. Kitty discovers that her ex-boyfriend has committed a murder; Renee navigates a friendship with Arla, a Jehovah’s Witness; Emi realizes that her boyfriend is fetishizing her mental illness; Petra acts recklessly when faced with a client with a gun; and Rachel must grapple with the reality of raising a daughter in a world that she, herself, is still terrified of.

On Sale July 13, 2021. Pre-order here:

Bookstore logo Barnes & Noble logo IndieBound logo

"Genevieve Plunkett's stories are elegant, original, and moving, with the lyrical brilliance and bite of Sylvia Plath...a thrilling debut."

—Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Almost Famous Women

"Few writers capture sex as beautifully and self-consciously, as strangely and humorously, as Plunkett. Simply put, I loved these stories."

—Lori Ostlund, author of After The Parade

"...we can believe again in the possibility of triumph over despair, of life over emptiness. This book beats with the heart of our times."

—Anne Raeff, author of Only the River

"Perfectly calibrated and teeming with style, these dark little masterpieces are full of grim brilliance. Plunkett is a rare and ferocious talent, and this is a stunning debut."

—Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light

Brilliant, biting stories set in not-so bucolic Vermont, land of antique stores, small town, fading farms, and young women trying to figure out marriage, motherhood, sex and their own power.

Prepare Her tells the stories of young women at the brink of discovering their own power. The crossroads in their lives are not always the obvious kind–divorce, motherhood, coming of age–but sometimes much more private and dramatic. Kitty discovers that her ex-boyfriend has committed a murder; Renee navigates a friendship with Arla, a Jehovah’s Witness; Emi realizes that her boyfriend is fetishizing her mental illness; Petra acts recklessly when faced with a client with a gun; and Rachel must grapple with the reality of raising a daughter in a world that she, herself, is still terrified of.

On Sale July 13, 2021. Pre-order here:

Bookstore logo Barnes & Noble logo IndieBound logo

Genevieve Plunkett

Writer

Genevieve is the author of PREPARE HER: Stories (Catapult, 2021). Her stories can be found in New England Review, Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. In 2017, she was a recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award in Literature. Her short story, “Something for a Young Woman,” was included in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 and her story, “The Buried Man,” appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2018, guest edited by Aimee Bender. Her novel IN THE LOBBY OF THE DREAM HOTEL is forthcoming.

genevieve plunkett
genevieve plunkett

Genevieve Plunkett

Writer

Genevieve is the author of PREPARE HER: Stories (Catapult, 2021). Her stories can be found in New England Review, Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. In 2017, she was a recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award in Literature. Her short story, “Something for a Young Woman,” was included in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 and her story, “The Buried Man,” appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2018, guest edited by Aimee Bender. Her novel IN THE LOBBY OF THE DREAM HOTEL is forthcoming.

Listen to Genevieve read from her award-winning story, “Something for a Young Woman” 
Listen to Genevieve read from her award-winning story, “Something for a Young Woman” 

Published Works

Interviews

Contact