A stunning new collection of short fictions for adult readers from the World Fantasy Award� and Newbery Medal�winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon. From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Kelly Barnhill comes a stunning first collection of acclaimed short fictions, teeming with uncanny characters whose stories unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original. When Mrs. Sorensen�s husband dies, she rekindles a long-dormant love with an unsuitable mate in �Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch.� In �Open the Door and the Light Pours Through,� a young man wrestles with grief and his sexuality in an exchange of letters with his faraway beloved. �Dreadful Young Ladies� demonstrates the strength and power�known and unknown�of the imagination. �The Insect and the Astronomer� upends expectations about good and bad, knowledge and ignorance, love and longing. The World Fantasy Award�winning novella The Unlicensed Magician introduces the secret, magical life of an invisible girl once left for dead. By an author hailed as �a fantasist on the order of Neil Gaiman� (Minneapolis Star Tribune), the stories in Dreadful Young Ladies feature bold, reality-bending fantasy underscored by rich universal themes of love, death, jealousy, and hope.