Est. 2009

Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize



Amphibians invites further contemplation of female physicality–what it means to reside in a female form. An amphibious aircraft crashes in Maine, a young girl skinny-dips with her elders, a distraught cruise ship dancer boards a water taxi in Grenada, and travelers to Dubai and Abu Dhabi long for familiar oceans; back in New England, small-town artists try to smudge out their tedium with seaside transgressions. Amphibians celebrates home in a cross-cultural way, and the sensation of feeling not quite right in one’s own skin, on land and near water, at home and abroad.

“What a compelling, wise and beautiful book! I love the sense of place. The way each location feels prickly and alive, like it might lift off the page. Beautiful word choices like: “the muzzy water.” Many others, but this one told me that I was in the hands of a writer. I love the way characters are drawn: “Helen told this story to the girl, who perhaps hadn’t realized there was life before she was born. Or that her mother hadn’t always been like this, braced for the girl’s attention.” I learn about each of them, and about the relationships. The collections stays beautifully in the body. “She wants to say, The chill of the water–it doesn’t last. Most grown ups can only think about the smack of it, the dread. This is what it means to get older.” This feeling of being cold as a kid vs. being cold as an adult is true and wise, and is also characterizing. There is a lot about bodies in the book, which is terrific.” – Ramona Ausubel, author of Awayland


LARA TUPPER is the author of Off Island, a novel inspired by Paul Gauguin’s strange marriage (Encircle, January 2020), Amphibians, a linked short story collection (Leapfrog Fiction Contest winner; forthcoming from Leapfrog Press in March 2021) and A Thousand and One Nights (Harcourt, 2007 and Untreed Reads, 2015), an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. Her prose was runner-up for the 2019 Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature and has appeared in Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak (Harper Perennial), The Believer, Nowhere Magazine, The Ghost Story, Dogwood Journal, Epiphany, Zone 3 and other literary magazines. A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she taught at Rutgers University for many years and now presents writing workshops and retreats in Massachusetts. She is also a jazz vocalist; her latest album is This Dance.


  • ISBN: 978-1948585125
  • Length: 170 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.25 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches

Purchase Amphibians