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Unferth, Deb Olin

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1968-    ) US author initially noted for her short stories, most of which have been assembled as Minor Robberies (coll 2007) and Wait Till You See Me Dance (coll 2017), many of them surreally apophthegmatic. She is of sf interest for Barn 8 (2020), a narrative which edges by steps into the very Near Future as Climate Change hits and an animal-liberation freeing of battery chickens goes sour when they turn feral. Elements of Beast Fable [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] interfuse Equipoisally with scenes set several millennia into the future, after the planet has become too toxic for Homo sapiens. [JC]

Deb Olin Unferth

born Chicago, Illinois: 1968


  • Barn 8 (Saint Paul, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 2020) [pb/]

collections and stories

  • Minor Robberies (San Francisco, California: McSweeney's Publishing, 2007) [coll: published as three boxed pamphlets: long title is One Hundred and Forty Five Stories in a Small Box: Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, How the Water Feels to the Fishes, and Minor Robberies: pb/]
  • Wait Till You See Me Dance (Saint Paul, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 2017) [coll: pb/]


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