An electrifying debut that crackles with humor and insight, MAN AND WIFE examines the lives of girls and women as they take part in puberty rites, marriage rituals, and deathbed confessions. From Twilight Zone suburbia to cities on fire to post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, these award-winning stories range over unexpected landscapes—and land squarely in the wildness of the human heart.
"Chase has an imagination worth watching."
— The New York Times
“Katie Chase’s stories have a rhythm, a form, and a mesmerism all their own.”
— Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead
“Toggling between the comic and the horrific, these brilliant stories rearrange the familiar into something more nuanced, fraught, and mysterious.”
— Edan Lepucki, author of California
“With sharp, confident consideration of what it takes to survive in the world as a woman, Man and Wife introduces an important new literary voice.”
— Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
Katie Chase's stories "simmer with subversive twists. . . [Man and Wife] is a consistently provocative debut collection."
— Publishers Weekly
“These slyly subversive stories tweak suburban reality in a manner reminiscent of ‘The Lottery’ or The Stepford Wives. Katie Chase’s narrators sound like the girl-next-door. . . if you lived next door to a parallel universe.”
— Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl
“Captivating, haunting, and eerily smart. Every story in this collection gave me chills. Katie Chase is one of a kind.”
— Jennifer DuBois, author of Cartwheel