The stories in Rise are fairytales, except that the witch, lucky Hans, and the frog prince are characters at the fringes of everyday life. There are rockets, swells of starlings, and children who disappear into thin air. L. Annette Binder writes magical tales with authority and restraint, and we believe her stories, every one.
"The complex interweaving of themes, rendered through precise detail, is akin to a powerful subterranean disturbance that sends seismographs jumping but leaves few visible effects."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
"L. Annette Binder’s Rise is a wondrous debut collection of her stories, any one of which could be an example of the form at its best."
ForeWord Reviews, Selected as summer 2012 best book of debut fiction
"Binder has gone so deeply, and with such mystical brilliance and loyalty, into her own world that she has brought mine to me in high relief. She both casts a spell and breaks it. To experience Rise is to experience wonder."
"Three years ago I read a story titled 'Dead Languages.' I came out of my chair. I've been in standing ovation position reading every subsequent story written by L. Annette Binder. They came exquisitely one by one, and now you are damn lucky to have them all in one wondrous volume: Rise.
“L. Annette Binder is a stunningly talented writer. Her stories are the stories of outsiders, gripping and heartfelt, heightened with hidden undertones of the surreal. It is this tension that makes the worlds she creates so vibrant, and allows her readers to see so deeply into these characters' souls. Rise is a beautiful book, and Binder’s words cut clear and straight to the bone.”
About the Author
L. Annette Binder was born in Germany and grew up in Colorado Springs. Her fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, Third Coast, Fairy Tale Review and others. Her story “Nephilim” will be included in The Pushcart Prize XXXVI. She has an A.B. from Harvard in Classics, an M.A. from Berkeley, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.F.A. from the Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine.
Table of Contents
Foreword Laura Kasischke ix
Wrecking Ball 35
Dead Languages 73
Sea of Tranquility 105
Weights and Measures 117
Mourning the Departed 127
Lay My Head 145
The Author 157