"Artfully explores themes of pain, desire, and the meeting place of the two, for a surreal, fairytale–esque accounting of what happens when we go to the darkest places within ourselves, and within others.”
Part fairy tale, part horror story, Northwood
is a genre–breaking novella told in short, brilliant, beautifully strange passages. The narrator, a young woman, has fled to the forest to pursue her artwork in isolation. While there, she falls in love with a married man she meets at a country dance. The man is violent, their affair even more so. As she struggles to free herself, she questions the difference between desire and obsession—and the brutal nature of intimacy. Packaged with a cover and end papers by famed English artist Rufus Newell and inventive, white–on–black text treatments by award–winning designer Jonathan Yamakami, Northwood
is a work of art as well as a literary marvel.