This is Alissa York's official website. Her latest novel, Fauna, is now available in Canada and France. Effigy, first published in 2007, is available in Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Québec, and the US. Thanks for visiting.
"Rich and strange and deeply satisfying. Whether she’s adopting the voice of a homeless teen, a yuppy vet, or a famished coyote, York writes with a spare, unsentimental fluency that connects strangers, enemies, species. Fauna reminds us of the life that swoops and slithers and lopes and pounces all around us, even in the most urban of worlds; a wild life we share and ignore at our peril."
- Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean
"Fauna is the sort of rare novel that can change the way you see your world. Its cast of misfits and dreamers is united by their visceral connection to the forgotten animals surviving in the green patches of our big cities. This book is beautiful, unusual and memorable. And Alissa York is a daring and original talent."
- Jim Lynch, author of Border Songs
"In her beautifully crafted Effigy, Alissa York gives us the transcendent child bride Dorrie, the youngest of four wed to a Mormon rancher. Dorrie’s unusual dreams underscore York’s mesmerizing tale, which is rich in historical detail and driven by a cast of deftly drawn and perfectly memorable characters. The writing gallops and lunges then stops to gaze intently, as if, like Dorrie’s peculiar fascination, it was sprung from nature itself. A wonderful book."
- Lori Lansens, author of The Girls
"Alissa York's Effigy is a historical fiction almost frighteningly real. Her creation of Erastus Hammer’s four wives and complex household in frontier Utah is so precise and convincing, and allows the reader so entirely and readily inside, that the only uncertainty is how to get back to the present again. This is a rewarding read -- don't miss it."
- Fred Stenson, author of The Trade