Eleanor Stern

  • interviews July 27, 2020

    Ghost World

    Laura van den Berg writes ghost stories: In her new book, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, absences assume a life of their own, demanding to be acknowledged. The dead, the forgotten, and the lost have a shimmering vibrancy, becoming more present than the real. Like her ghostly figures, van den Berg comes home in this collection. Short stories were her first literary love, and I Hold a Wolf by the Ears is her return to the form after two successful novels.

    The book also represents a more literal homecoming. Van den Berg’s stories traverse the world, but almost always weave their way back to Florida,