Madsen's nimble prose winds around your mind and heart, leaving you breathless.
Emma Jane Unsworth
SERAPHINA MADSEN was born in San Rafael, California and grew up in Northern California as well as Maine. She attended Bates College and received an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University, London. She became a French citizen in 2019 and now resides in the UK. Her first novel, Dodge and Burn, was published by Dodo Ink in 2016 to critical acclaim and was longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, and described by Neil Griffiths, chairman of the Republic of Consciousness Prize, as "On The Road for the rave generation written by a woman".
Seraphina's second novel Aurora is a multi-layered work of literary fiction. Born into evangelical trailer trash poverty, Aurora finds her way into an elite prep school where she's drawn into a circle of girls who form a Surrealist coven. Hell-bent on tapping into magic to subvert and transform reality, they encounter forces they should have left alone. A surreal adventure, an infernal fairy-tale, Aurora is a stunning novel that explores witchcraft from a radical new angle.
Sam Mills, Managing Director of Dodo Ink, said, "We've very proud to be publishing Seraphina's next novel, Aurora, in January 2023, following on from her debut Dodge and Burn – the very first title Dodo Ink published. We discovered Seraphina back in 2015 when we read her work in The White Review and were impressed by her distinct prose style, which is imaginative, cerebral and beautifully crafted."
Read extract of Aurora in The London Magazine
Read Seraphina Madsen's essay The Female Gaze
Read a fascinating interview with Seraphina Madsen: "I was interested in transformation and boundaries, human potential, archetypes, the imagination, madness and sanity..."
"If the coming-of-age trope seems in danger of finally dying of age, Seraphina Madsen succeeds in breathing new life into the genre by defying the classic conventions...gripping, highly readable… fans of The Secret History will find themselves on familiar ground."3:AM Magazine
"Imagine a dark brew concocted by Dorothy Allison and Angela Carter; it would seduce and bewitch just like this." Heidi James
"A dark fairytale, Aurora is a novel mystic with arcania. Madsen has a glorious eye for the unearthly, the uncanny and the unacceptable. I loved it!" Venetia Welby
"A phantasmagorical, arcane love letter to The Master and Margarita." Stu Hennigan
"With Dodge and Burn, Dodo Ink have offered up an accessible, compulsive, accomplished and ambitious novel that may truly be called sui generis." Jude Cook, 3:AM Magazine
"Seraphina's writing is vital, exciting and above all, original. Dodge and Burn marks the arrival of a brave new voice." - Lee Rourke, author of The Canal and Vulgar Things
"Madsen's prose is wild and fun…her dialogue is frequently hilarious… a wild and often bizarre ride… a deranged fever dream of a novel…for those who get swept up in all the madness, this will end up being one you pass on to every single friend."- Daniel Carpenter, Bookmunch
"Madsen's avant-garde debut is peppered with enchanting turns of phrase and her engrossing prose is as delightful as it feels effortless. Allow yourself to be transported."- Elizabeth Aaron, Eclectic Magazine
"Very readable – if you fear you have an aversion to experimental fiction, you shouldn't be put off this one – I gulped it down in an afternoon, desperate to know where it was going – literally and figuratively. Dodge and Burn is a joy. It's a smart, often funny, wild ride. Anna North's The Life and Death of Sophie Stark and Emma Cline's The Girls are the female-led, American novels people have been talking about this year. If there's any justice, Seraphina Madsen's Dodge and Burn should be top of that list. A gem."- Naomi Frisby, thewritesofwoman.wordpress.com
"The absorbing narrative, impressive imagery, and plethora of memorable scenes make Dodge and Burn an enjoyable and compelling read- it is a surreal trip laden with wonderful research and convincing emotion. As the first release from new indie press Dodo Ink it bodes well for their upcoming ventures and for whatever Seraphina Madsen decides to turn her hand to next."- The Lost Lighthouse
"Seraphina Madsen is a highly intriguing new author whose writing encompasses both outrageously fantastic and movingly realistic modes of narrative… It's a bold and imaginative debut from this new author and promising new press." - The Lonesome Reader
"It's On The Road for the rave generation written by a woman. And given the quality of the prose, that might be enough for many. But it has more ambition, and in what is a relatively short novel, Madsen explores the widest possible range of transcendental mythologies I've come across in fiction. There is something incantatory in Madsen's listing of how and what journeys have been undertaken to explore the world beyond our physical selves. There is a point late on when the central character encounters a blasted landscape that's equal in evocation to Milton's depiction of Satan's landing place in Milton's Paradise Lost. I was there and I believed it." - Neil Griffiths, author of Betrayal in Naples and Saving Caravaggio
"It is the complexity of the narrative, the artistry in the writing and the knowledge you gain without knowing it that makes Dodge and Burn a great book and absolutely singular reading experience…Throughout Dodge and Burn Seraphina is constantly reminding us to look below the surface of the people we meet, the places we go and the stories we are told. Unlike most reminders, the message conveyed is mostly positive and charming – dig a little deeper and you shall find a world of wonder, spirituality, and opportunity, restricted only by your imagination…Highly recommended reading if you appreciate a vivid imagination and are curious about different perspectives on the world." - Damian Fuller, Indiepoo
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