The Fifth Wound (Paperback)

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Staff Reviews

A hymnal for fairies in love, girlprophets, collectors and hermits. Aurora Mattia has created a new world of language and insisted upon its arrival. I want to run my fingers across every word. 

— From Lou

This might be the most honest and glorious thing I've ever read. I love this book so much, I want to eat it. 

— From Kit


Named a must read book of 2023 by Nylon, BookRiot, Vulture , The Millions, and Ms. Magazine A baroque work of intimate myth exploring one woman's interdimensional search for beauty and embodiment, through kaleidoscopic renderings of hospital corridors, brutal breakups, and passionate romance.The Fifth Wound is a phantasmagorical roman clef about passion as a way of life. In one dimension, this is a love story--Aurora & Ezekiel--a separation and a reunion. In another, we witness a tale of multiple traumatic encounters with transphobic violence. And on yet another plane, a story of ecstatic visionary experience swirls, shatters, and sparkles. Featuring time travel, medieval nuns, knifings, and t4t romance, The Fifth Wound indulges the blur between fantasy and reality. Its winding sentences open like portals, inviting the reader into the intimacy of embodiment--both its pain and its pleasures.

About the Author

Aurora is drawn to dim lights, velvet eyelashes, kaleidoscopes, semicolons, silk draping, cemeteries, and the blank page. She falls into mutual deep infatuation with relative speed because she dives straight to the heart of matters in intimate conversations. Her influences range from the Psalms to the psych ward. She loves Lucinda Williams, Li Bai, Townes van Zandt, the Tarot, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, Woolf, Glissant and Bluebonnets. She thinks about Texas every day. She lives in Brooklyn.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643621487
ISBN-10: 1643621483
Publisher: Nightboat Books
Publication Date: March 7th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English