Cheers to Mary South! Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish her debut story collection, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, in Spring 2019. In ten provocative, wistful, fiercely intelligent and outlandishly funny stories, Mary South’s characters use technology to escape their uncontrollable feelings of grief or rage or despair, only to reveal their most flawed and human selves.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux will also be publishing Mary’s as-yet-untitled debut novel in Spring 2021, which documents a world in which women are turning into common household objects, such as vacuums, microwave ovens, and flatscreen televisions. The novel’s protagonist observes this process of transformation into the mundane while she works as a nurse at a hospice for women of the 1%, where only the rich and the famous can receive adequate care while enduring such a painful and unusual change.
Mary South is a graduate of Northwestern University and the MFA program in fiction at Columbia University where she was a Henfield Scholar. She has studied with Ben Marcus, Sam Lipsyte, and Gordon Lish, and worked alongside Diane Williams for many years as an editor at the literary journal NOON. Her writing has appeared in The Collagist, Conjunctions, Electric Literature, The New Yorker’s “Book Bench,” NOON, and Words Without Borders.