“The reader emerges … refreshed but crippled”

December 21, 2010 | 1 book mentioned 2

Emily Gould champions Barbara Comyns‘s overlooked novels at The Awl. One more deserving mention: Comyns’s haunting Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead.

is the author of the novel, The Enhancers, forthcoming in fall 2022 from Meekling Press. She’s published two poetry chapbooks, and her stories and essays have appeared in Fence, New York Tyrant, Tin House, and Make Lit, among other publications. Read more of her work here: https://www.annekyoder.com.


  1. “Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead” is a favorite of mine. I am very happy to see that people will get a chance to read it. It is a really strange and wonderful book.

  2. It is, indeed, a strange book. I recently finished reading it, but I’m not sure what I think of it. It was worth the time, but I don’t think it will stay with me, and I don’t feel any compulsion to read anything else by her. Perhaps with time.

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