Julia Fine

Julia Fine is the author of What Should Be Wild (Harper/May 8, 2018), which was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, shortlisted for the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Award and the Bram Stoker Award, received starred reviews from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and more.

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’s second novel, a “postpartum poltergeist” story, is forthcoming from Harper in early 2021. It follows a new mother who becomes haunted by the ghosts of quixotic children’s book writer Margaret Wise Brown and her lover, the once-famous poet and actress Michael Strange; exploring postpartum loneliness, the world of children’s publishing in 1940s New York, and the danger and wonder of all-consuming love.

Julia received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their son.