Bleaker House is part memoir, part travelogue, part story collection. It is an exploration of the narrow spaces between real life and fiction and, in the end, a book about failing to write a novel, but finally becoming a writer. Read more about Bleaker House.
"One of the most original, entertaining, and thought-provoking books I have ever read about the difficulty of writing a book." Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker.
"Summer’s must-read . . . what makes it most like something Dunham might have conceived is the comic skill with which Stevens deftly builds up a portrait of herself as the awed but loveably self-deluding heroine of her own pyrrhic publishing scheme. This is a picaresque, recognisably human tale of a young woman’s failure to follow through on the glaringly unrealistic goals she set herself." Evening Standard.
"Bleaker House is an enthralling reflection on writing: how it is taught and how you learn to do it." Daily Express.
‘Bleaker House swirls text, subtext, and context into a single narrative, a mesmerizing literary levitation act . . . lovely and thoughtful." Vogue.
‘An entertaining, perverse and singular book.’ The Observer.