Town of Shadows by Lindsay Stern

by Lindsay Stern

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“Enter the Town of Shadows, where noise is ‘the color of rain,’ and the self is a ‘hidden crowd.’ Indeed like shadows, the town’s inhabitants are elusive—slipping in and out of mirrors, wandering down secret corridors of the mind, hiding in the spines of houses—and perpetually at risk of disappearing or being ‘deleted.’ Lindsay Stern’s brilliant, urgent vignettes depict a people struggling to make sense of the limits of language and time. A dark and fascinating debut.” —Hanna Andrews, author of Slope Move

Lindsay Stern is the author of two novellas and one novel, The Study of Animal Languages (Penguin Random House, 2019). After graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College, she taught and wrote in Phnom Penh, Cape Town, and Cuzco on a Watson Fellowship before attending the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow and won the Taylor-Chehak prize in fiction. The co-founder and co-host of the Yale University podcast When We Talk About Animals, she has received a FLAS fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Prize, an Amy Award in poetry from Poets & Writers, and a Franke Fellowship from Yale, where she is pursuing a PhD in comparative literature. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including PANKDIAGRAM, and Smithsonian Magazine.

Cover design by Kady Dennell.

This book was originally published in hardback and paperback formats by Scrambler Books in 2012. Novella. Paperback edition ISBN: 978-0-578-11259-6. You can also purchase a print paperback copy.