"No one can evoke a universe with a safety pin holding up its hem in the way Haven Kimmel can. In her third
novel, The Used World, she tells a story of an eccentric collective of women with the majesty of a parable and the
poignancy of a country song. As Faulkner did before her, Kimmel writes about doing what needs doing."
-- Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean
"The Used World awakens in the used reader the hallelujah impulse, making new all over again the realization that a
novel can be honest, stormy, bitterly funny, and not merely worth the time, but necessary."
-- Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Son of a Witch
About the Author
Haven Kimmel is the author of The Used World, She Got Up Off the Couch, Something Rising (Light and Swift),
The Solace of Leaving Early, and A Girl Named Zippy. She studied English and creative writing at Ball State University
and North Carolina State University and attended seminary at the Earlham School of Religion. She lives in Durham, N.C.