In Floater, Kate Bernheimer introduces us to Mike, a girl with a mysterious connection to a recent set of bridge suicides. With taut and lucid prose, we are taken through a day in Mike’s life, from dreamless sleep to phone calls with no one on the other end to the usual booth in the diner. Noah Saterstrom’s illustrations perfectly complement the quiet melancholy of the story: his frenetic images seem incomplete, unfinished, with conflicting lines and smudges that leave you wondering what might be there, beneath the surface.
In honor of the beautiful collaboration between Kate and Noah, Origami Zoo Press decided to have each chapbook hand-sewn to make this book a particularly gorgeous artifact. Bull City Press is proud to continue to offer this hand-sewn edition.
“Kate Bernheimer is a magician on the page. In her latest gem, Floater, her evocation of Mike, the titular ‘floater,’ is unforgettably eerie and exquisite. As the reader watches Mike navigate ‘that lonely beyond,’ we are awash in empathy for her quiet battle against sadness and solitude, and awash in admiration for Bernheimer’s gorgeous, impeccably-observed, and surprising prose.”
– Laura van den Berg, author of The Isle of Youth
“What magic is Bernheimer’s ability to capture the radiant ache of loneliness in a way that comforts instead of injures! Here the stone gravity of memory is made buoyant through the weightlessness of routine; it bobs meditatively in the waters of childhood with a hypnotic effect of surrender that is the most essential form of beauty. This perfect text is a hand pressed against a windowpane – reading it, we get to press our hand against the glass from the other side, to feel the warmth of undeniable connection.”
– Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa
Softcover, 40 pages. Handbound.