The Doloriad

The Doloriad

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/03/2022
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The Doloriad
Gothic Fiction for the Modern Age
Missouri Williams’ The Doloriad is a wonderful piece of debut fiction that truly blew me away. Set in a future that wiped out most of the Earth’s ... READ MORE
Saffron Webb


In the wake of a mysterious environmental cataclysm that has wiped out the rest of humankind, the Matriarch, her brother, and the family descended from their incest cling to existence on the edges of a ruined city. The Matriarch, ruling with fear and force, dreams of starting humanity over. Her children and the children they have with one another aren't so sure. Surrounded by the silent forest and the dead suburbs, they feel closer to the ruined world than to their parents. Nevertheless, they scavenge supplies, collect fuel, plant seeds, and attempt to cultivate the poisoned earth, brutalizing and caring for one another in equal measure. For entertainment, they watch old VHS tapes of a TV show called Get Aquinas in Here, in which a problem-solving medieval saint faces down a sequence of logical and ethical dilemmas. But one day the Matriarch dreams of another group of survivors, and sends away one of her daughters, the legless Dolores, as a marriage offering. When Dolores returns a few days later, her reappearance triggers the breakdown of Matriarch's fragile order and the control she wields over their sprawling family begins to weaken. As the children seize their chance to escape, the world of the television saint Aquinas and that of the family begin to melt together with terrible consequences. Told in extraordinary, intricate prose that moves with a life of its own, at times striking with the power of physical force, Missouri Williams's debut novel is a blazingly original document of depravity and salvation. Gothic and strange, moving and disquieting, and often hilarious, The Doloriad stares down, with narrowed eyes, humanity's unbreakable commitment to life.

  • Publisher: Cinder House
  • ISBN: 9781911585848
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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The Doloriad
Nonsense and gibberish
Hated it. Strange streams of consciousness that would go into semi-political rambles. TW incest, rape with no point of mention than shock value.
Linda Vincevica
The Doloriad
The worst book I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading!
215 pages of plotless obfuscation. Infuriatingly bad! I’ve wasted enough time on this book that had so much promise but failed to deliver on all accounts.
Nate Valentino