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Her Lesser Work

Elizabeth Ellen

  • Release Date: April 02, 2021
  • ISBN 978-0-9964949-6-0
  • 335 pages

"Her Lesser Work is full of power and it takes risks and it's alive and real and it fixes a very sharp eye on the shit humans do to each other and themselves."

      -Lindsay Lerman, LitReactor 

"Her Lesser Work is far and away my favorite of your books, and 'G.O.A.T' in particular is a blast of brilliance."

     -Garielle Lutz, author Worsted

"Um, is 'Plant Hospital' both the hottest story and the hottest piece of literary gossip of the decade?!"

     -Rebecca van Laer

"[Her Lesser Work] is a collection of mordant and formally inventive stories circling themes of, let’s say, desire and escape within repressive structures."

      -Walker Caplan, Literary Hub

"a cult classic of the future, ... a bunch of these stories string together with similar details, or autofiction, blurring around real life and divorce and desires. there’s a self awareness of performance, of diary, of self sabotage, letting the exotic pet bite ur hand and then examining the wounds."

      - Delia Rainey, Goodreads 



Signs (Joyland)

Person Under Train

She Lit Cigarettes Instead of Talking (FENCE)


I Was Punishing Myself (FENCE)



Other Families Like Ours (Southwest Review)

Devils Tower (Hobart)

Lucky Woman (Harper's Magazine)

The Last Time I Saw My Father (Muumuu House)

She Had Not Once Written About Ice (Bennington Review)

Abdomens of Young, Attractive Lawn-Dart Throwers

Little Thief


Billy (Muumuu House)

Ohio Out of the Girl

Plant Hospital

(the) Conjuring

Snatch Shots (Joyland)


Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen is a college dropout from the Midwest, as well as the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for fiction. Her stories have been published in Joyland, Southwest Review, and Harper's Magazine. Her first novel, Person/a, was chosen by Lithub as a "best work of experimental literature" in 2017.