Goodnight, Beautiful Women (Paperback)
June 2016 Indie Next List
“These interconnected stories set in Maine and around the Northeast coast announce a startling new writer of strong literary fiction. Noyes' women yearn, stumble, get back up, make terrible mistakes, strive, keep dark secrets, take off, come back again, and fumble toward love. An extraordinarily raw voice that will remind readers of Rebecca Lee and Elizabeth Strout.”
— Melanie Fleishman (E), Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI
A New York Times Editors' Choice, A Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, An Indie Next Pick, An Amazon Best Book of the Month (Literature & Fiction) "Lucid, sensual . . . If the fiction of Stephen King and Alice Munro had a literary love child, it might look like this."--Washington Post "Artful . . .Noyes's knack for lucid prose includes providing her characters with simple language that nevertheless grasps an understanding of complex human dynamics."--New York Times Book Review An electrifying debut by sensational new literary talent, Anna Noyes, Goodnight, Beautiful Women observes the residents of small New England coastal towns in tales that probe boundaries of familial intimacy, coming-of-age sexuality, desirous girlhood, and lost love. With novelistic breadth and a quicksilver emotional intelligence, Noyes explores the ruptures and vicissitudes of growing up and growing old, and shines a light on our most uncomfortable impulses while masterfully charting the depths of our murky desires. Dark and brilliant, rhythmic and lucid, Goodnight, Beautiful Women marks the arrival of a fearless and unique new young voice in American fiction.
About the Author
Anna Noyes is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Vice, A Public Space, and Guernica, among others. She has received the Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship, the James Merrill House Fellowship, and the Lighthouse Works Fellowship. Goodnight, Beautiful Women was awarded the 2013 Henfield Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Lotos Foundation Prize. Noyes was raised in Downeast Maine.