Part coming-of-age, part re-imagined fairy tale, this Tim Burton-tinged debut is the story of Maisie Cothay, a girl born from the womb of her dead mother. Cursed with the power to kill and revive with her touch, Maisie is sequestered in an old family mansion and haunted by tales of the women in her family gone missing in the nearby woods. While this group of long-lost female ancestors plots their escape from the forest that first rescued, then repressed them, Maisie is propelled for the first time into that same forest—where she must take ownership of her body, and confront the wildest parts of herself.
Julia received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their son. She will be on tour promoting What Should Be Wild through the spring.