Claire Vaye Watkins

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Claire Vaye Watkins’ new novel is I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness, a darkly funny, soul-rending novel of love in an epoch of collapse—one woman’s furious revisiting of family, marriage, work, sex and motherhood. It was named a best book of the year by The Washington Post, Vogue, NPR, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly and Kirkus. Award-winning author Jenny Offill raves, “There’s some kind of genius sorcery in this novel. It’s startlingly original, hilarious and harrowing by turns, finally transcendent. Watkins writes like an avenging angel. It’s thrilling and terrifying to stand in her wake.”  Watkins is the author of the novel Gold Fame Citrus and the short story collection Battleborn, winner of the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among other prizes. Watkins’ stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, The Paris Review, One Story, Glimmer Train, Best of the West, Best of the Southwest and The New York Times.  A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, Watkins was born and raised in the Mojave Desert and lives in Twenty-nine Palms, California. A Guggenheim Fellow, Watkins is also the co-director of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

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