Molly Prentiss

Molly Prentiss

Molly Prentiss was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. She was a Writer in Residence at Workspace at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and at the Blue Mountain Center and was chosen as an Emerging Writer Fellow by the Aspen Writers Foundation. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the California College of the Arts. Her stories, essays, and poems can be found in Fourteen Hills, Hobart, HTMLGiant, Wilder Quarterly, The Aesthete, and La Petite Zine, among others. Her first novel is Tuesday Nights in 1980. She lives in Brooklyn.

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A Burning, Brilliant, and Brutal Novel

I recently listened to a New Agey yet fairly brilliant podcast in which a Buddhist psychotherapist discussed the meaning of the word “desire.”  The word, she said in her calming, glassy voice, is derived from the Latin desidius, which means “to be far away from your own star.” Your “star,” as she puts it, is your core self, or your home. The discrepancy between where you are and where you feel you belong is where desire grows and festers. Lily King’s Euphoria deals largely in the realm of this brand of desire.

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