* An American Booksellers Association "Indies Introduce" Pick
Haunting, gorgeously descriptive, and spellbinding, At the Edge of the Woods is a magnificent and assured debut novel that delivers all the resonance and significance of an instant classic.
Laura lives alone in a cabin deep within the Italian Alps, making her living translating medical documents and tutoring the children of affluent locals. She spends her days climbing the mountains outside her door and exploring the woods, and when she must venture into the small, conservative town for supplies, she's met with curious stares and wariness. Laura begins seeing a bartender, who alerts her to the villagers' uncertainties. Then late one night there is a knock on the door, and on the other side stands someone from her past who has finally found her. In beguiling, lyrical prose, the mystery surrounding why Laura has absconded to this remote corner of the Alps comes into focus, while the villagers grow leery of the woman in the cabin and of her increasingly odd behavior. A few decide to take matters into their own hands, to free themselves from the malevolent forces of the strega who lives amongst them.
With its dexterity and appreciation for the natural world, its slow-burn tension and thematic considerations of illness, femininity and alienation, At the Edge of the Woods calls to mind the work of Richard Powers, Claire-Louise Bennett and Shirley Jackson, while revealing Kathryn Bromwich as a spectacular and singular talent.
Orion Magazine: "Beware the Woods: 10 Memorable Forests from Literature" June 2023
Orion Magazine features recommended reading from author Kathryn Bromwich, author of At the Edge of the Woods
Damian Barr's Literary Salon August 23, 2023
Podcast Episode: "Book of the Week: At the Edge of the Woods by Kathryn Bromwich"
"With a deft hand and slow-burn tension, At the Edge of the Woods is a captivating novel for anyone who enjoyed Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller or Strega by Johanne Lykke Holm." On this episode of Damian Barr's Literary Salon, listen to an excerpt of the novel, read by author Kathryn Bromwich.
Writer's Bone Podcast: "Episode 607: Kathryn Bromwich & Hannah Mary McKinnon" Aug 31, 2023
Daniel Ford speaks with author Kathryn Bromwich about the books and authors that she loves, the writing of her debut novel At the Edge of the Woods and how she was inspired to write it, living with long covid, and so much more.
Across the Pond podcast: Kathryn Bromwich, "At the Edge of the Woods" Jun 27, 2023
Hosts Lori Feathers and Sam Jordison speak with author Kathryn Bromwich in the Across the Pond podcast, about her new novel At the Edge of the Woods. Plus, enjoy listening to an author reading
AIR MAIL Interview by Lily Meyer with Kathryn Bromwich June 3, 2023
"How a bout of long COVID during the height of the pandemic gave way to a London editor's debut novel"
"In the earliest days of the pandemic, Kathryn Bromwich, the writer and editor for London's Observer newspaper, found herself shivering indoors. She and her fianc both had COVID--which, in both of their cases, turned into long COVID..."
An Indies Introduce Q&A with Kathryn Bromwich May 24, 2023
Kathryn Bromwich's novel, At the Edge of the Woods, was chosen as a Summer/Fall 2023 Indies Introduce selection. Mallory Melton--of BookPeople in Austin, Texas--served on the panel that selected Bromwich's debut for Indies Introduce and spoke with Kathryn about her debut novel, her influences, why she was drawn to the book's themes of climate crisis, class, infertility, and traditional femininity, how her journalism writing and her writing of fiction intersect, and more
Bookin' Podcast: Kathryn Bromwich May 1, 2023
"This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Kathryn Bromwich, who discusses her new novel At the Edge of the Woods... Topics of conversation include Richard Powers' The Overstory, wilderness narratives that captivate our imaginations, a female protagonist living off the grid, how one's mind works first thing in the morning, a mountain as a sentient being, practicing one's smile in the mirror, guilt over not attending church, and much more." Bookin' Podcast is sponsored by indie bookstore Explore Booksellers.
Q&A with author Kathryn Bromwich Oct 11, 2022
Two Dollar Radio editor Eric Obenauf spoke with the At the Edge of the Woods novelist Kathryn Bromwich about her debut novel, the concept of "traditional femininity," nature writing and our climate emergency, her personal experience with long Covid, what she loves about her job as a commissioning editor on The Observer newspaper in London, and so much more