Jessica Treadway’s collection of short stories and one novella introduce us to characters who are flawed and imperfect with language that is smart, honest, and kind. Treadway is known for characters and plots that are psychologically gripping and that unfurl in unexpected ways. This collection does not disappoint.
About the Book
In Infinite Dimesions, her first collection after winning the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for Please Come Back to Me, Jessica Treadway writes about the themes of fidelity, betrayal, and self-delusion as she portrays what William Faulkner called “the human heart in conflict with itself.” Following in the tradition of Elizabeth Strout and her own mentor, the late Andre Dubus, Treadway mines the internal landscapes of her characters with intimate insight as she shows them trying but often failing to live up to their own moral standards. A female bank executive with a history of psychiatric illness is forced to decide whether to hire her former hospital roommate, whom she fears will expose her past. A college student has to choose between his grandmother and his girlfriend. A recovering alcoholic faces the prospect of self-sabotage during a dinner meeting with an editor who can make or break her career. The stories are loosely linked by character, setting, and the motif of a talking sugar bowl that appears in the work of the Russian author Anya Chaykovskaya who is, in turn, one of Treadway’s own fictional characters. Hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “a writer with an unsparing bent for the truth,” Treadway exhibits in her stories both a deft understanding of human psychology and mastery at depicting it in multiple, complex, and intriguing forms.
Praise for Infinite Dimensions
. . .dynamic. . .complex. . . .These stories are powerful and believable.
Treadway will leave readers reflecting on choices we’ve made that have set us on our current paths, but she also allows space for us to believe that we can change direction if we only listen to the voices of our “sugar bowls”—instead of questioning our own sanity. Thought-provoking and engaging.
Jessica Treadway’s intense and moving stories are connected by an intriguing thread, yet each one stands alone as a gem of intuition and empathy. This is a stellar collection.
—Hilma Wolitzer, author of Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket
What an exquisite gift Jessica Treadway has given readers with her latest short-story collection, Infinite Dimensions. A masterclass in the story form, Treadway’s riveting collection awakens us to the marvel of our ordinary lives, even as it demonstrates how little it takes to shatter them.
—EJ Levy, author of The Cape Doctor and Love, in Theory
Praise for The Gretchen Question
The Gretchen Question is a powerful and emotional ride with disorienting, satisfying turns and a stunning end. Treadway is masterful.
—Lily King, author of Euphoria and Writers & Lovers)
Spellbinding, utterly deceptive in its brevity, Jessica Treadway’s novel packs into a single day one of the most haunting stories I have ever read about the price we pay for the secrets we keep. It’s also about friendship, motherhood, mortality, the meaning of work, and the search for lasting love.
―Julia Glass, National Book Award–winning author of Three Junes and A House Among the Trees)
Roberta’s . . . emotional journey is captured beautifully. Treadway powerfully captures one woman’s attempt to live a meaningful existence despite all that she has endured.
A thoughtful, and thought-provoking, meditation on love, loss, and legacy.
Beautifully written. . .raw. . .heart-wrenching.
—The Portland Book Review
Moving. . .delicately paced. . . The story takes on an urgency that carves an edge into everything
Praise for Jessica Treadway
Jessica Treadway draws her characters into an impossible knot and then expertly teases it apart. The question of what really happened to Joy kept me up half the night.
—Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder
A writer with an unsparing bent for the truth.
―The New York Times Book Review
Treadway combines intense suspense with a smart take on 21st-century adolescence, parenting and justice.
―People “Book of the Week”
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a novel at once this gripping, and this wise, and psychologically complex. As a portrait of motherhood, and an exploration of the limits of knowledge–of others, of one’s self–LACY EYE probes, devastates, and informs.
―Elizabeth Graver, author of The End of the Point
Since her debut story collection ‘Absent Without Leave,’ came out in 1992, Jessica Treadway has wowed critics with resonant depictions of flawed, all-too-human characters.
—The Boston Globe
An intricately plotted psychological thriller.
—The Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Jessica Treadway is the Flannery O’Connor Award-winning author of the story collections Please Come Back to Me and Absent Without Leave (Delphinium Books), and the novels The Gretchen Question (Delphinium Books, 2020), And Give You Peace, Lacy Eye and How Will I Know You?
Jessica Treadway is a native of Albany, NY. She currently lives in Massachusetts where she is a Senior Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College in Boston.