Bumblemoth: News from the Studio

Review 31’s Best Books of 2015: “Wikswo works an astonishing alchemy with her writing”

December 8, 2015

Many thanks to the editors of Britain’s Review 31 for selecting my book The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far as one of the seven books selected for Review 31’s Best Novels of 2015…along with Marilynne Robinson and Ben Lerner. Editor Jason deYoung even made an exception, because it’s not a novel, exactly. It’s just it’s […]

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Kenyon Review: Holiday Reading Selections

December 7, 2015

Many thanks to the Editors of the Kenyon Review for selecting my new book as one of their Holiday Reading Selections…and for the lovely words. “These secret specimens of lost worlds, of cartography and discovery and longing,” one of Quintan Ana Wikswo’s characters says—referring to a pack of letters, but also tidily summarizing the author/artist’s new […]

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REVIEW IN REVIEW 31: “Smart, intoxicating, mysterious…a magnificent work and is perhaps the most original collection of fiction I have read in a long while”

September 17, 2015

“The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far is a magnificent work and is perhaps the most original collection of fiction I have read in a long while. These stories stretch and bend its reader as they come off the page at times like artefacts and at other times like something organic and muddy, made […]

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REVIEW IN VOL 1: “each sentence is a shaman holy enough to regard the stanza as a pair of shackles”

September 16, 2015

“Each story relies on a delicate juxtaposition of image and text. It supports the manner in which we process white space, as a sort of separate, “meta” narrative. Paragraphs seem unnecessary here, as if each sentence is a shaman holy enough to regard the stanza as a pair of shackles, or a superfluous control mechanism.” […]

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REVIEW IN DIAGRAM: “a myth digested by generations – site specific, witchy…”

September 14, 2015

“Folded narratives look back to consider themselves, answer their own questions. A reader finds herself swiveling about at phrases whose consequence shifts and clarifies as the collection progresses. The book churns like a machine, its gears revealing their teeth only in shifting. What winds the stories together is a thematic suggestion that the pain of […]

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REVIEW IN THE RUMPUS: “the text obliterates boundaries of form, structure, genre, and medium like a typhoon”

August 27, 2015

“Desire bends the world with transmogrifying persistence in Wikswo’s debut collection, The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far, until the reality we thought we knew erodes into the background of a whorling landscape rife with longing. The tragedy of embodiment, of our inherent separation from one another, permeates a text whose protagonists strive to […]

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INTERVIEW IN LAMBDA LITERARY: “occupies territory the way only the bravest literary works do”

August 13, 2015

“Quintan Ana Wikswo’s debut book, The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us this Far (Coffee House Press), occupies territory the way only the bravest literary works do: the characters and places within shirk boundaries and create new ones, exist both inside and outside the world as we know it, and redefine love and existence in […]

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August 12, 2015

“The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far is a successfully ambitious bending of form that takes the reader beyond the expected in both literature and art. There’s a lot of bending in Wikswo’s work—time, form, genre, narrative, historical record—which encourages the reader to explore the territories we may not have encountered in more familiar forms […]

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REVIEW IN DRUNKEN BOAT: “a journey through the aftermath of twenty-first century post-war experience”

August 11, 2015

“These stories provide a steady drift through the place that all readers, at least for a short time, have visited: the place of despair. Where the reader meets the text is the place where that experience floats, steady, even, without too much upset, without too much rocking to and fro—a steady movement from one story […]

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Publisher’s Weekly Review: Heady, Euphoric, Singular, Surprising

July 24, 2015

“Wikswo’s singular lines strike like the tone of a bell, resonating across pages, while her beautifully composed images echo the surprising twists of language: ghosts “more trout than human,” a shadow that resembles a “camel. A monkey puzzle tree. A quail.” The stories defy genre or distillation and instead take the reader on a journey […]

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INTE/REVIEW IN WARSCAPES: a dream map of a visionary’s brain. may change the way you view the book as object, the story as word. It is unlike anything else out there.

July 24, 2015

“Quintan Ana Wikswo has carved out a space of artistic living unlike anyone else. Her work bleeds into multiple disciplines, from fiction to poetry to photography to performance art to simply living in a sort of shamanistic kind of world, where every mundane or broken object becomes endowed with importance, where no story is off-limits […]

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REVIEW IN VERTIGO: murky, gooey, slippery, stormy, malign, and, above all else, erotic

July 13, 2015

“The stories and photographs in Quintan Ana Wikswo’s The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us this Far strike a balance of power that is exceedingly rare in books that combine fiction with photography…Wikswo is equally deft with words and photographs. “The densely-layered, impressionistic, and yet coherent images in her book seem to have been created […]

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Review in Bookslut: Evocative of Andrei Tarkovsky and Ingmar Bergman

July 8, 2015

“Wikswo’s writing’s emotional power, coupled with a fantastical, dreamlike quality underscored with darkness and a fixation on mortality, gives her prose a cinematic nature evocative of Andrei Tarkovsky and Ingmar Bergman. Wikswo’s interest in the transformative function of writing is less in the product and more the act; how, in a Blanchotian sense, we lose […]

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Largehearted Boy: Stream the Playlist for The Hope Of Floating via Spotify

July 7, 2015

Stream a playlist of Quintan’s soundtrack for THE HOPE OF FLOATING at Spotify, and check out LARGEHEARTED BOY for her essay on the music that informed the writing of the book. In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen,Kevin Brockmeier, T.C. Boyle, Dana […]

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STAR TRIBUNE REVIEW: A Dreamlike Collection of Stories

July 2, 2015

REVIEW: THE HOPE OF FLOATING HAS CARRIED US THIS FAR BY QUINTAN ANA WIKSWO A DREAMLIKE COLLECTION OF STORIES By TOBIAS CARROL “There’s an art to the arrangement of words and images in “The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far,” Quintan Ana Wikswo’s new collection. It’s more than the way authors like W.G. Sebald, […]

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