Praise for Jen Dornfeld's books

"Jennifer Stevenson is my goddess. In this book, trash is power. Trash Sex Magic is a springtime bacchanalia of beautiful, wild women, magic trees and sexy men—love it!"

— Nalo Hopkinson, author of The Salt Roads

"It was a proverb of the 16th Century: On Hallowmass Eve troll notte thy broomstick bye ye caravan park, for thou wottist notte who maye mount thereon. I had paid it little heed since learning it years ago, and planned to read this grand book one chapter at a time. I'd scarcely begun the second when I fell under the author's spell."

—Gene Wolfe, author of Knight

"It's to Chicago what Mysteries of Pittsburgh is to Pittsburgh and A Winter's Tale is to New York — a winning, touching, open-eyed love letter — but with trash, sex, and magic too. Unusual and wonderfully done."

—John Crowley, author of The Translator

This funny and sexy debut novel is about family and kinship, mothers and daughters, homecomings and never leaving home at all. It's a tender, raunchy, sprawling, exuberant, radiant magical love story like nothing you've read before.

—Kelly Link, author of Stranger Things Happen

"This just absolutely rocks. It's lyrical, it's weird and it's sexy in a very funky way. Trash Sex Magic is full of people you would maybe be afraid to meet in real life, but once you've met them fictionally you are damn sorry you can't at least have a beer with them.

—Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife


Trash Sex Magic, Small Beer Press, June 15, 2004


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 "Solstice" in Horns of Elfland, edited by Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, and Donald G. Keller, ROC Books, 1997

 "There Will Always Be Meat" in Fields Of Blood: Vampires of the Heartland, edited by Lawrence Schimel and Martin H. Greenberg, Cumberland House, 1998

"Something For Everyone" in Sextopia, edited by Cecilia Tan, Circlet Press, 2001


"Rebuilding Adocentyn: Ægypt by John Crowley", New York Review of Science Fiction, No. 8, 1989

 "Inspired Tinkering: Novelty by John Crowley", New York Review of Science Fiction, No. 15, 1989

"Memory and the World of John Crowley: Technology and the Art of Memory", New York Review of Science Fiction, No. 119, 1998

also reprinted in Snake's-Hands: The Fiction of John Crowley, Alice K. Turner & Michael Andre-Driussi, editors, Cosmos Books, 2003

"A Beauty, a Phantom, and Two Talking Heads: The psychology of confinement in Suzy McKee Charnas's "Beauty and the Opera, or, The Phantom Beast" in Women Of Other Worlds, the proceedings of the 20th annual Wiscon, from the University Western Australia Press, 2001

"Three Weeks" in Religion, Fiction, And History: Essays in Memory of Ioan Petru Culianu, edited by Sorin Antohi, vol. 1; also translated into Romanian by Corina Popescu for "Trei Sâptamîni" in Ioan Petru Culianu: Omul Si Opera, Polirom Books, 2003

Read an excerpt from Jen Dornfeld’s latest release!

Trash Sex Magic
Jennifer Stevenson
Fiction/Fantastic Fiction
June 15, 2004
320 pages, 5.5" x 8.25"

Simultaneous release:
Hardcover ISBN:
1931520062 $26
Trade pb ISBN:
1931520127 $16

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