Arts & Entertainment


2015 Winner: Find Me by Laura van den Berg

Emerson alum Laura van den Berg’s debut novel earned its space on the “most anticipated” lists at the BBC and Time Out New York. Following two well-received story collections, the O. Henry Award winner’s first foray into long-form prose is an excellent one, in which she gives voice to Joy, a troubled young woman who is addicted to the cough medicines she steals from her dead-end grocery store job—the result of a life spent in foster homes. When a mysterious epidemic sweeps the nation, she finds herself immune and, for the first time, finds a purpose. Or does she? Van den Berg weaves a darkly surreal, dystopian tale that is as strange as it is engrossing.