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.