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Jen Fawkes

Writer, Simulacrum, Crone



coming July 9, 2024

***To order a signed copy from Jen's local independent bookstore, WordsWorth Books in Little Rock, AR, click above!

Daughters of Chaos, debut novel by Jen Fawkes

"Dazzling historical fantasy . . . Both the historical and fantastical elements come alive in Sylvie’s suspenseful narration, which is interwoven with the text of the imaginary play. Fawkes wows with this wildly original tale.”​


--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A dazzling synthesis of history, myth, and sheer invention. Fawkes is a bold, wild, funny writer, unafraid of taking risks. I’m eager to see what she does next."


—Charles Yu, National Book Award–winning author of Interior Chinatown






In 1862, after a tragedy at home, 22-year-old Sylvie Swift parts ways with her brother to trace the origins of an enigmatic playscript that’s landed on their door-step. It leads her to Nashville, bustling with soldiers, saboteurs, partisans, powerful men––and powerful women.


Sylvie translates the playscript by day, but at night, she acts as a Union spy. Both endeavors acquaint her with a sisterhood whose members—including Hannah, a fiery revolutionary to whom Sylvie is increasingly drawn—possess potentially monstrous powers. Sylvie soon becomes entangled in the Cult of Chaos, a feminist society steadfast in its ancient mission to eradicate the violence of men.

Inspired by Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and the true story of Nashville’s attempt to exile its prostitutes during the Civil War, Daughters of Chaos weaves together “found” texts, fabulism, and queer themes to question familiar notions of history and family, warfare and power.





"Jen Fawkes’s writing—and her characters—are ferociously, radiantly compelling in Daughters of Chaos. Like the best historical fiction, this speaks to the reader and the times in which she lives."


—Kelly Link, author of The Book of Love and Pulitzer Prize Finalist


"Daughters of Chaos is a roaring tale told by a masterful storyteller, guaranteed to surprise you again and again. Its inventive, shapeshifting form lets Jen Fawkes play hard in the most serious way, as all the best storytellers do; through her novel's many delights, Fawkes delivers everything I want innovative historical fiction to be."


—Matt Bell, author of Appleseed 



"In her elemental inventiveness, Jen Fawkes is descended from the Angela Carter of Wise Children and The Bloody Chamber but is also up to something exhilaratingly new. Daughters of Chaos is joyful and bold, populated so richly with twins and prostitutes and mythical creatures and historical figures that in the great thrill of watching its tapestry unfurl, the enormity and seriousness of the questions Fawkes is asking snuck up on me. This novel is interested in nothing less than the forces of chaos and order and the question of where lies threat and where salvation. Ambitious, vast, expertly crafted—an extraordinary achievement."


—Clare Beams, author of The Illness Lesson



Jen Fawkes is the author of Mannequin and Wife (LSU Press), a 2020 Shirley Jackson Award Nominee, winner of the 2023 Phillip H. McMath Post-Publication Book Award, and Foreword INDIES gold medalist. Her collection Tales the Devil Told Me (Press 53) was a Foreword INDIES silver medalist, one of Largehearted Boy’s Favorite Collections of 2021, and a finalist for the 2022 World Fantasy Award for Single-Author Story Collection.


Locus has called Jen’s work “witty and dark, extravagant and savage,” and according to Library Journal, she is “a writer to watch.” Her short fiction has won numerous awards, including the 2021 Porter Fund Literary Prize, and has appeared in One Story, Lit Hub, The Iowa Review, Crazyhorse, Best Small Fictions, and many others. A two-time finalist for the Calvino Prize for fabulist fiction, Jen lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her debut novel, Daughters of Chaos, is coming in July 2024 from Abrams Books.

Fire Raging



"Sometimes, They Kill Each Other" (excerpt)

Lit Hub

Sept 2020

"Flight of the Businessman"

The Rumpus

August 2020



“We Can Learn from the Sawhorse”

Atticus Review

fall 2019

“Possible Wildlife in Road”


fall 2019

"Dear Delores Dale"


fall 2019


Jellyfish Review

fall 2019

“Options Counseling”

SFWP Quarterly

summer 2019

“Come Back, Rita”


spring 2018


Jersey Devil Press

fall 2017



spring 2015

“Tigers Don’t Apologize”

Amazon’s Day One

fall 2014



One Story

winter 2013/14

“Iphigenia in Baltimore”


winter 2013/14

“Rebirth of the Big Top”

The Iowa Review

fall 2013

“Never, Never”

Michigan Quarterly Review

winter 2013



“Demerol, Demerol, Benzedrine, Schnaps”

The Massachusetts Review

fall 2012


"Contributor Spotlight: Jen Fawkes"
Spring 2018
Interview with Jen Fawkes
Speaking of Marvels
October 2020
Mini-Interview with Jen Fawkes
August 2020
Interview with Jen Fawkes
Flash Monsters!!!
September 2020


"Inspired Imagination"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

November 2020


Research Notes: How to Write Mannequin and Wife"

Necessary Fiction

March 2021



"Jen Fawkes's Playlist for Mannequin and Wife"

Largehearted Boy

November 2020



"What to Read When You Suspect That Time Is Not a Line"

The Rumpus

August 2020


"Not a Love Story"

Miracle Monocle

spring 2017





Machines of Another Era by Bess Winter

Necessary Fiction

January 2021



Trafik by Rikki Ducornet

Necessary Fiction

May 2021


"Dangerous Women: a Conversation

with Jen Fawkes"

VIDA Review 

September 2020


"Release the Book: Jen Fawkes"

Fear No Lit

October 2020


"Acknowledging the Power of the Margins: Jen Fawkes on Mannequin and Wife"

Southern Review of Books

September 2020


"Strangeness in the Proportion: a Q & A with Jen Fawkes"

Arkansas Times

October 2020


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Mark Gottlieb

Vice President and Literary Agent

Trident Media Group


Mailing address:

Mark Gottlieb

Vice President and Literary Agent

Trident Media Group

355 Lexington Avenue, Floor 12

New York, NY 10017

(212) 333-1506

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