“Being a woman in the world can be a surreal experience, and Amy Bonnaffons perfectly bottles that feeling…THE WRONG HEAVEN is a compelling, sometimes bizarre read.” - NPR’s Book Concierge (staff pick!)

“Bright and lively…Bonnaffons reveals some magic of her own.”- NY Times Book Review

"'THE WRONG HEAVEN taps into a dark and funny unrest seen — most famously — in the early works of Lorrie Moore…Amy Bonnaffons is a new author you’ll want to read and want to watch." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Smart and strange, aslant with odd moments of metamorphosis and mysterious happenings…Brilliantly unexpected.” - Daily Mail

“Imaginative and unsettling…an outstanding, exciting debut.” - Publishers Weekly (starred)

“At once goofy, poignant, and edged with the fantastic, the stories in ­Bonnaffons’s debut collection initially surprise, then turn into one long, delicious rush…Not just fun but full of smart ideas.” - Library Journal (starred)

“Swift, unexpected, brimming with possibility, and bittersweet—these stories satisfy.” - Publishers Weekly (summer staff pick)

“THE WRONG HEAVEN is an inventive book full of humor and fantasy. However, these stories have an undeniable heft and seriousness…an enjoyable, thoughtful and memorable collection.” - Bookreporter

“Darkly comic and visionary.” - Garden & Gun

“In her first collection, Bonnaffons dazzles and cuts with 10 hilarious and cathartic short stories ... The author employs a modern magical realism, absurd, nihilistic, and playful all at once.... Resonant of Alissa Nutting’s novels and George Saunders’ Pastoralia (2000), Bonnaffon’s first collection presents a powerful and fresh new voice.” - Booklist

“Creating ten entirely distinct universes that successfully capture and distill the underlying ethos of the author’s own era is a literary event that occurs only a few times in each generation. The publication of Amy Bonnaffons’s debut short fiction collection, The Wrong Heaven, reveals itself to be one of those elusive and enthralling occasions.” - New York Journal of Books

I’ve spoken about the book with Poets & Writers, Arts ATL, and NPR's "All Things Considered." 

Here’s a recording of my appearance on Thacker Mountain Radio.

THE WRONG HEAVEN made Fast Company's picks for its July creative calendar. And the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance named it an "Okra Pick" for Summer 2018!


- New York (Word Bookstore) on July 18, 2018 (launch event, in conversation with Elna Baker!)

- New Orleans (Garden District Book Shop) on August 6th, 2018

- Athens, GA (Avid Bookshop) on August 10th, 2018

- Atlanta, GA (Writers at the Wrecking Bar) on August 23rd, 2018

- Decatur, GA (Decatur Book Festival) on September 2, 2018

- Oxford, MS (Square Books) on September 27, 2018