In the haunting wake of a young girl’s disappearance, the disparate lives of four women are woven together in an engrossing tale that spans decades. . . . Themes of desire, loss, Catholicism, and Italian Americana intersect as relationships emerge that are at once profoundly compassionate and infuriatingly human. Written with vivid lyricism and sensual prose, The End of Aphrodite is a mesmerizing read about women reclaiming their agency in a violent and patriarchal world.
–Olivia Kate Cerrone
With Joan, Mira, and Etta, we experience their loves, lives, and losses as they discover that lasting values do not necessarily reside in physical love but in the memory of lives fully lived. The End of Aphrodite is aptly named, a novel of darkness and light, fire and ashes.
About the author
Laurette Folk‘s fiction, essays, and poems have been published in upstreet, Waxwing, Gravel, Flash Fiction Magazine, Mom Egg Review, pacificREVIEW, Boston Globe Magazine, and Best Small Fictions 2019. Her novel, A Portal to Vibrancy, was published by Big Table in June 2014 and won the Independent Press Award for New Adult Fiction. Totem Beasts, her collection of poetry and flash fiction, was published by Big Table in May 2017. She is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing program.