Press

"In Amy Bonnaffons’ remarkable debut novel, THE REGRETS, love is spectral—both literally and figuratively. This is a book about ghosts and angels and dreams, but its emotional register is grounded and unmistakably human. THE REGRETS examines the way wisdom can interfere with fulfillment and self-protection with the joy of living. It is somehow both sly and earnest, humorous and haunting. Bonnaffons reads like Haruki Murakami for the millennial generation; she is weird, tender, and full of magic." - Lucy Tan, author of WHAT WE WERE PROMISED

"If orgasm is, as the French would have it, a 'little death,' no novelist I know illuminates the tingling play between sex and mortality better than Amy Bonnaffons. At once love story, ghost story, and low-key philosophical investigation into the nature of existence, THE REGRETS is a supernatural tale about the super natural vagaries of love: the transcendence of attraction, the haunting of possession, and the potency of daydream." - Rachel Lyon, author of SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BOY

“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!