The Likely World

The Likely World, a novel, by Melanie Conroy-Goldman

A lifetime’s addiction to the memory drug cloud has allowed Mellie to glimpse other, possibly better, lives, but for the sake of her toddler daughter, she is trying to live in the likely world–the imperfect reality in which she’s landed. When a stranger appears who may be her daughter’s father, the pull of her seductive, dangerous memories may put at risk her tiny family and her fragile new life.

Now available from Red Hen Press

Cover image by Yang Cao


Early Praise

I don’t know if you’ll ever read a literary novel like The Likely World this or any other year. It’s groovy, badass smart, and totally trippy, but also full of heartache and longing and the woundings of love. This novel absolutely sparkles with brightness and life.

Chang-Rae Lee
author of Native Speaker, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction

Move over, Margaret Atwood. This book flips the woman script.

Lidia Yuknavitch, New York Times best-selling novelist

The Likely World is bizarre and beautiful, equal parts brainy lit and gut-bucket pulp. Its heroine is unlike any female character I’ve ever encountered and I love her.

Mary Gaitskill
National Book Award nominee, author of The Mare

Conroy-Goldman’s gritty street postmodernism will rewire your brain in ways that recall David Foster Wallace or Philip K. Dick. But it’s the depth of feeling here, about love, about motherhood, reminiscent of Rachel Kushner or Claire Vaye Watkins, that will break your heart.

Peter Ho Davies
Guggenheim recipient and author of The Fortunes