On Salon.com, Stephanie Feldman, adjunct professor in the MFA of Creative Writing program, discusses the line between realism and fantasy and the use of fairy tale elements to explore trauma and memory in her debut novel, The Angel of Losses.
Feldman’s novel is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, winner of the Crawford Fantasy Award, and finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award.
"I think many writers and readers adhere to a hard line in literature between fantasy and realism, a border that’s never made much sense to me. One reader expressed frustration with my book—she didn’t know whether it was ‘fantasy’ or not. Things happen in the book that don’t happen on our earth. But the relationships are real; the love and frustration and self-destructive anger that animate them are real. The European past it describes is also very real, as it lives in our imaginations, as it informs my identity and how I think of myself—even if it includes an angel and a wizard."