"Because the world is full. It is teeming with us."
— One, My Happy Life
My first encounter with the equally savage and brilliant Lydia Millet was My Happy Life, which won the 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. It was 2007 and as undergrads, Sara Consolati and I couldn't stop talking about the book, dog-earing pages at a time in the copy we shared; as fiction n00bs, we had been struggling to grasp at an aesthetic and vocabulary that would give us more than just the writing conventions we were being taught to use in school. Millet's book raised still-useful questions. What is being resisted in the shortest sentence on the page? When is the unreliable narrator the only voice you can rely on? Why does pain sometimes have to written gently, with all focus on language, so that the story melts like a metal door mid-apocalypse, revealing what lies behind everyday moralities of us and them, good and bad? In 2002, Jennifer Reese of The New York Times Book Review said that in My Happy Life, "… one of the narrator's salient characteristics is an inability to feel even the mildest indignation. The world she inhabits is a savage place, but everything about it interests her, and paying no attention to herself, she is able to see beauty and wonder everywhere."
In 2012, Lydia Millet was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. She was on the 2005 Arthur C. Clark Award shortlist for Oh Pure and Radiant Heart. Millet was also the 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Love in Infant Monkeys, and the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, as well as the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, for Magnificence. Millet's 2011 novel, Ghost Lights, made best-of lists in the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle and received strong critical attention. 2014 saw the publication of Millet's Pills and Starships (Akashic books), in which her teenage protagonists explore a world devastated by global warming. Mermaids in Paradise (Norton) a genre bending novels with kidnappers, mermaids, mercenaries, and honeymooners, will be out this November. Millet currently works at the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Arizona. Folio is pleased and proud to present Lydia Millet as the judge for our 2015 fiction contest, the theme of which is "Conflict." Send us your best. Send it soon. Contest closes January 15.
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