Devan Brettkelly

Writer, Copy-editor

Location icon United States of America

Devan Brettkelly is a writer in San Francisco. She graduated from Scripps College in 2016, where she majored in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She has interned at Zyzzyva literary journal; reading submissions, copy-editing, and writing book reviews for their blog. She has also interned at 826 Valencia; tutoring kids in 3-7th grade and copy-editing.

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Zyzzyva
A Valley of Phantoms: 'Angel of Oblivion' by Maja Haderlap

In her novel Angel of Oblivion (289 page; Archipelago Books), Maja Haderlap depicts a dilapidated, Slovenian-speaking valley in Austria following World War II. During the war, the Nazis identified this area in the south of the country as one riddled with partisans. Many were hunted down and killed, while others were taken away to the camps.

Zyzzyva
Under the Volcano: 'Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was' by Sjon

Sjon's latest novel, Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books, 145 pages), set in Reykjavik in 1918, is the story of sixteen-year-old Máni Steinn (a.k.a. Moonstone). The boy's guardian is "the old lady"-his grandmother's sister who took him in after his mother died when he was just six.

Zyzzyva
Roaming the Metaphorical 'Jungle Around Us' : Q&A with Anne Raeff

In Anne Raeff's story collection, The Jungle Around Us (140 pages, University of Georgia Press), nine stories span decades, covering numerous lives and multiple "jungles"; urban, Amazonian, and metaphorical, to name a few. In these "jungles," Raeff's characters face a Russian nesting-doll of isolation.

Zyzzyva
Otherwise Known as Love: 'Pretend I'm Your Friend' by MB Caschetta

MB Caschetta's recent story collection, Pretend I'm Your Friend (Engine Books; 200 pages), explores what one of its characters calls "terrible love." In eleven entwined stories, Caschetta examines confusing and often painful friendships, romances, and familial bonds: a set of parents who share a sexual desire for their kids' babysitter, a dying mother who wishes cancer on her daughters instead of herself, a clairvoyant whose visions the end of her marriage.

Claremont
"The V Formation" by Devan K. Brettkelly

The V Formation is a novelette which explores second-person narration, complex familial relationships, and grief. It questions what standards society sets for families, parents in particular, and what happens when your kin does not conform to these standards. As you grow older, how are you limited or how do you have authority in creating your family?

Zyzzyva
Possession of the Wheel: 'The Red Car' by Marcy Dermansky

Marcy Dermansky's newest novel, The Red Car (206 pages, Liveright/Norton), moves much like the car it features: fast and unpredictable. It covers three stages and sixteen years of narrator Leah Kaplan's life, beginning with her as a college freshman, then leading to her bumbling entry into adulthood, and finishing with her early thirties, when she's a writer living in Queens with a possessive husband whom she does not love.