Stephanie Clare Smith

"Everywhere the Undrowned offers an account of trauma and its aftermath more acute than any I have read. Reminiscent in places of Sylvia Plath at her sharpest and most bleakly funny, it deserves to become a classic."

Emma Brockes, author of She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me

"Stephanie’s writing shines a light on the possibilities of language and the human spirit."

Abigail DeWitt, author of News of Our Loved Ones

"In lyrical, metaphor-rich prose fragments that mine the cosmos, television, and avian life for meaning, Smith offers a harrowing yet hopeful look at the long road to recovery..."

Publisher's Weekly

"I turned loneliness into trees and trees into dancers,' Stephanie Clare Smith writes in this gut-punching and gorgeous memoir. While there's trauma in these pages, Smith traverses the spaces of an abundant imagination that made survival possible."

Robin Hemley, author of Oblivion: An After Autobiography

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Psychology Today

AN EXQUISITE VISIT TO PLANETS OF PAIN AND REDEMPTION

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...A WORK OF LITERATURE.

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...A TRIBUTE TO WOMEN WHO DID WHAT THEY HAD TO, TO SURVIVE...YET STILL HELD ON TO THEIR CORES.

Wilmington Star Review

EACH PARAGRAPH READS LIKE A POEM BUT URGES YOU FORWARD LIKE THE MOST COMPELLING NOVEL.

Bitter Southerner