Behind This Mirror by Lena Bertone


by Lena Bertone

ISBN: 978-1-949344-18-8
Softcover, 55 pages.
Released October 13, 2020. Each purchase includes a copy of Behind This Mirror, the companion micro-chapbook.

Flash fiction that holds you up to a new kind of mirror.

also available as eBook

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For her next trick, Lena Bertone will show you seven sisters each with their own particular beauty, a magician who demands you leave your wallet at the door, an angry appendage with a mind of its own, a woman who waxes and wanes, and a sad story that is exactly 69% true. The stories in Behind This Mirror flip the fables and fairy tales you remember on their heads. Here, the beautiful and the grotesque are one and the same, both a blessing and a curse. Bertone’s characters struggle with their bodily confines in a world that defines people based on appearances. These stories hold mirrors up to their most intimate truths, then shatter them.

This 2020 reissue includes two new stories.

“Reading this book affords us the pleasure of rifling through an old card catalog cabinet, drawers within drawers within drawers, packed with indexes perfumed and musty, entreaties, legends, redactions—small miracles, all… As Bertone tucks one precious thing inside of another, she reminds us that our lives are comprised of these so many swallowed layers, so many heartaches nesting in hilarity. She reminds us of how much we’ve lost, and the sort of herculean effort we must exert in order to unearth all of these subsumed beauties, praying, as we dig, that they’ve retained some of their light.”
—Matthew Gavin Frank, author of Preparing the Ghost

“Imagine Jorge Luis Borges, Lydia Davis, and the Brothers Grimm all got lost in a forest together and were eaten by a wolf. These are the stories the wolf told afterwards, after eating several poets for dessert. Strange, beautiful, and merciless, Bertone’s tales haunt and delight.”
Caitlin Horrocks, author of This Is Not Your City

Lena Bertone is the author of the novella Letters to the Devil. Her prose has been published in online and print journals that include Passages North, Sundog Lit, Salt Hill, Hobart, and many others. She teaches writing in Central New York, where she lives with her daughter and their two cats.

Additional information

Weight .33 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.25 × 8.5 in


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