The Rapture Index: A Suburban Bestiary
The Rapture Index is Molly Reid's debut collection. It won the BOA Short Fiction Prize. Individual stories from the collection have won awards and honorable mentions from The Pinch, The Masters' Review, and Gulf Coast. A new twist on a medieval literary form, The Rapture Index: A Suburban Bestiary turns the familiar suburban landscape on its head by looking at the relationship between humans and animals and breaking down the barriers we place between ourselves and the natural world. These stories reveal the messy, the unfinished, and the chaotic passions that are always threatening to bubble up from beneath society's mechanisms of control. Molly Reid's style is comparable to notable short fiction authors including Carmen Maria Machado, Samantha Hunt, Daisy Johnson, Steven Millhauser, and Rebecca Lee. BOA Short Fiction Prize winners have been strong sellers in recent seasons and have seen outstanding attention from the NYTBR, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, et al. Molly Reid won the inaugural NPR Three-Minute Fiction writing contest in 2009. Her story, Not That I Care, was selected by James Wood, who said of her story: I think it works like all good simile or metaphor. It has an initial strangeness and then an absolute rightness, so that you read it and think, yeah, I never thought of it like that. Absolutely, that's what it is. It's being captured. And it was hard to find moments like that in any of the other stories, in fact. Reid's stories have appeared in NPR, The Pinch, Gulf Coast, The Masters' Review, TriQuarterly, The Collagist, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, and elsewhere.