Women between mothers and daughters, between husbands and possible lovers and lovers of their husbands; women dressed up bright as children so their own children won't lose them, women watching the grey elegance of the Parisiennes; women between countries and languages, between the rich and the poor; women terrifyingly aware of their place or lack of it - the vertigo of empty space. These women observe everyone including themselves and those nearest to them with a keen eye and in a deceptively calm tone, which starts to strain against deeper and less- controlled feelings. Joanna Walsh finds her own particular tone in the wry and intimate stories of Vertigo. She probes difficult relationships and utters rarely voiced truths, as her stories gather a cumulative force that pulls us under their deceptively calm surfaces.
Joanna Walsh is a writer and illustrator. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Narrative, and Guernica and has been anthologised in Best European Fiction 2015, Best British Short Stories 2014 and elsewhere. A story collection, Fractals, was published in 2013, and her nonfiction book Hotel was published in 2015. She writes literary and cultural criticism for The Guardian, New Statesman, and The National, is the fiction editor at 3:AM Magazine, and created and runs the Twitter hashtag #readwomen, heralded by New York Times as 'a rallying cry for equal treatment for women writers'. Read more about her on her website.