Allegra Hyde Book Cover
Winner of the 2016 John Simmons (Iowa) Short Fiction Award 

“Smart, stylish, and surprising, Of This New World is an inventive compendium of paradises lost. Starting with a married couple expelled from a certain unnamed garden, the collection charts the journeys of assorted outcasts, drifters, hippies, and astronauts as they set out to find their personal utopias, whether at an ‘eco-revolution’ boot camp in the Bahamas, a Shaker community in nineteenth-century America, or a colony on Mars. In stories that range fearlessly across space, time, and genre, Allegra Hyde keeps pursuing new variations on the collection’s major theme. The result is an ambitious and memorable debut, in which a dozen different characters, looking for a dozen different paradises, all end up learning some customized version of that ultimate Miltonic lesson: ‘the mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.’”


—Bennett Sims, judge of the 2016 John Simmons Short Fiction Award for the University of Iowa Press



"Best Short Story Collections of 2016" - Electric Literature

"The Best Fiction Books of 2016" - Chicago Review of Books

"Recommended Reading 2016" - Necessary Fiction

"Best of 2016: Best Fiction Books" - Entropy

Of This New World is the right title for a collection that’s so witheringly deadpan and compassionate about who we are now.”—Jim Shepard, The Book of Aron

“Allegra Hyde is a talented ventriloquist, gifting each of her stories its own compelling voice, full of history and science, myth and folklore, humor and heart. But behind every façade lie Hyde’s unmistakable talent, her inventive imagination and her joyful play with language.”—Matt Bell, Scrapper

“With rare style, refined mischief, and a fearless spirit of philosophic and scientific inquiry, the twelve stories in Allegra Hyde’s Of This New World brilliantly orbit our longing for paradise, our ache for some elusive perfection within the human community.”—Melissa Pritchard, A Solemn Pleasure: To Imagine, Witness, and Write

“Allegra Hyde writes with a genius scientist’s impassioned inquiry, and a poet’s lyrical, exquisite precision.”—Tara Ison, Ball: Stories

"This collection presents an appealing selection of diverse worlds from a bright and bold new voice in fiction." - Publishers Weekly

"Of This New World is a sunshine hippie flower-girl just woken up to discover that she’s stuck in the grime of reality." -Full Stop

"These stories pack wisdom and recognizable human striving and stumbling." -Basso Profundo


"[Hyde] writes with careful, exact accuracy, risky but masterly, parsimonious with well-chosen, you-are-there words. She’s a writer mason with a deft hand for catchy descriptions of place." -The Keene Sentinel

"Hyde’s stories allow for fictional circumstance to be explored, while at the same time holding realistic qualities to each and every moral undertone." -Psychopomp Magazine

 "A luscious collection (and John Simmons Short Fiction Award winner) promising more good things to come." - Library Journal


"The book is a must-read for its storytelling power, its ecological awareness, and the sharp prose through which Hyde renders worlds both real and imagined." -Indiana Review

"It has the usual elements: well-developed characters, self-discovery, richly imagined worlds, and the type of un-showy formal experimentation we can expect from winners of the Iowa and John Simmons Short Fiction Awards. It also has a little something extra..." -Center for Literary Publishing

"Sentence for sentence, this collection is chock-full of audacious prose, passages that are perfect in pitch and in rattling the terrain." - The Adroit Journal

 "Of This New World finds its life in the hearts of those who seek redemption... Hyde never relents in her use of language or evocation of emotion." -Chicago Review of Books

"Hyde’s scope is wide in this slim volume, as is her style." - Kirkus


​"This is such a compelling and promising first book by a really talented author." -Story366

"To the extent you are worried [that the 'American experiment' might have reached some kind of end point]... Allegra Hyde’s new short story collection, Of This New World, is a very important book." -Hayden's Ferry Review


"Hyde has her fingers on the pulse of today and the particular patterns humanity follows time and time again." -Heavy Feather Review

"Hyde deftly juggles multiple voices and time periods." -Black Warrior Review