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A page-turning journey of psychological intrigue, eroticism, and poignant coming of age, OPEN ME follows a naïve young American during one summer in Denmark in which she becomes embroiled in two romantic relationships—one with her “guide” Soren and one with Geden, a Muslim refugee from the Balkan War

Glowing praise already in from Viet Nguyen and TC Boyle, with promised blurbs imminent from Aimee Bender, Stuart Dybeck, Francine Prose, Darcey Steinke, Emily Fridlund and more

A charged and dangerously compelling exploration of female desire, Locascio depicts the body and sex with raw, dark, psychological power, calling to mind books like BAD BEHAVIOR by Mary Gaitskil, HAUSFRAU by Jill Alexander Essbaum, EILEEN by Otessa Moshfegh, Jennifer Egan’s THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS, THE VEGETARIAN by Han Kang, and the groundbreaking work of Marguerite Duras and Anais Nin

Lisa’s work has been published in The Believer, Salon, n+1, Tin House, Bookforum, American Short Fiction, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is publisher of Joyland Magazine and editor of 7x7 and has previously held editorial positions at the New Yorker and Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Set in Denmark in 2010, the novel examines the xenophobic climate towards refugees and Muslims in Northern Europe in the wake of the 2005 Muhammed Drawings

OPEN ME can be read as a contemporary gothic—it directly draws on the genre’s tropes of isolation, madness, confusion, eroticism, dreams and nightmares, outsiders, and vampirism

Locascio currently teaches at Wesleyan and holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Southern California, and a MFA and BA from NYU

Product Details
ISBN-13: 9780802165701
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: August 6th, 2018