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Her Lesser Work

Elizabeth Ellen

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



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)


"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

"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

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.