Est. 2009

Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize

Wife With Knife


The speakers in Molly Giles’s Wife With Knife offer their truths with surprising starkness: “[T]he actual heart looks more like a tongue than a valentine” states the grief-flayed aunt of “Agate Beach,” while the careless driver of “Accident” thinks “If I rear-ended anyone in California, I might be sued or shot but I would not be prayed upon.” Many of the stories are not traditional narratives but glimpses of the trouble or healing that lies ahead: teens refusing to heed traffic, lovers staring down death and betrayal and closure. Like a street magician’s trick, Wife With Knife holds out each everyday tragedy or quiet triumph only to replace it seamlessly with another.

“This book reminds me of Alice Munro. Like Munro’s stories, the reader experiences an immediate immersion into the story and characters’ lives, situations, attitude, and problems. This partially comes about through masterful first lines. No easing into the story. It’s a dive without having gotten wet first… and without any gasping confusion.” – Cris Mazzaauthor of Yet to Come

“Molly Giles’ stories have always been among my favorites since I first read her work thirty-seven years ago. This collection is her best ever. What an irreverent, original voice! I found myself gasping in shock and laughter, feeling at the end of each tale that I had garnered strange wisdom on the human heart and its unerring sense for finding trouble.”– Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club


MOLLY GILES is the award-winning author of six story collections and one novel. Most recently Wife With Knife won a PUSHCART PRIZE for the story “Bad Dog.” Rough Translations won The Flannery O’Connor Prize, the Boston Globe Award, and The Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award; Creek Walk won The Small Press Best Fiction Award, the California Commonwealth Silver Medal for Fiction, and was a New York Times Notable Book; Bothered won the Split Oak Press Flash Fiction Award; and All The Wrong Places won the Spokane Prize for Fiction. Her work has also earned The O. Henry Award and the Pushcart Prize, and she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Marin Arts Council, and the Arkansas Arts Council.


  • ISBN: 978-1948585293
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 0.5 x 8.75 inches

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