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.

On Sale July 13, 2021

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.

Tempered by its rural and often haunting Vermont setting, this book explores the complexities of gender and power imbalances in a way that transforms normal life into something mysterious, uncharted, and sometimes bewildering. Through this lens, we can see the many subtle, yet staggering injustices endured by the women at the center of these stories, as well as identify what, or who might be responsible.

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.

On Sale July 13, 2021

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.

Tempered by its rural and often haunting Vermont setting, this book explores the complexities of gender and power imbalances in a way that transforms normal life into something mysterious, uncharted, and sometimes bewildering. Through this lens, we can see the many subtle, yet staggering injustices endured by the women at the center of these stories, as well as identify what, or who might be responsible.

Genevieve Plunkett

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Genevieve is the author of PREPARE HER, a forthcoming collection of 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. She is at work on a novel.
genevieve plunkett
genevieve plunkett

Genevieve Plunkett

Writer

Genevieve is the author of PREPARE HER, a forthcoming collection of 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. She is at work on a novel.
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” 

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