Sharon Butala on Season of Fury and Wonder
2019 FinalistWriters' Trust Fiction Prize
for Season of Fury and Wonder
"This fearless collection of short stories addresses head-on the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of aging women. The protagonists in these stories do not just rage against the dying of the light; they grab it by the throat, forcing the reader to confront uncomfortable and revelatory truth concerning what it is to age in a female body. Inspired by canonical stories such as John Cheever’s 'The Swimmer,' James Joyce’s 'The Dead,' and Shirley Jackson’s 'The Lottery,' Butala reinvigorates aging myths and the writing craft itself. Season of Fury and Wonder is poetic, flawless, and unflinching."
— 2019 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Dennis Bock, Michael Kaan, and Suzette Mayr)