author of The Daughters
and friend to imaginary people and animals
The Daughters, a novel
Winner of the 2015 Pen Southwest Book Award
A haunting novel with real emotional depth, Celt’s psychologically nuanced debut continues to resonate long after the last page has been turned.
In this novel, voice and music and history and storytelling and mythmaking and motherhood and protection of the self are in many ways the same: Living animals, changeable and complex, adaptive and perilous and endlessly powerful … . Here is one you should not miss, a gratifying feast in lush, lyrical, and full-throated form.
Celt … aims for one of life’s most difficult questions: should we be held accountable for being alive?
After the birth of her daughter, opera sensation Lulu fears a family curse has made her lose her voice, in Celt’s lyrical debut novel about the perplexing riddle of inheritance.
Celt’s debut is a carefully crafted and mesmerizing look at one family’s history… . A beautifully written exploration of the myths and the realities that bind families together that will leave readers eagerly awaiting Celt’s next novel.
Music and motherhood — that’s what you’ll find at the core of The Daughters, yet each element is so original, you’ll swear you’ve never read about either before.
[A] dazzling debut… . The Daughters is about motherhood and daughterhood, of course, but also relationships and fidelity and music and ambition and talent and compromise and scary-ass Polish folktale witchery.