ABOUT the author
Katya Apekina is the author of the novel The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish. She has had stories published in The Iowa Review, Santa Monica Review, West Branch, Joyland, PANK and elsewhere, and has appeared on the Notable List of Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013. She translated poetry and prose for Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008), which was short-listed for the Best Translated Book Award. She co-wrote the screenplay for the feature film New Orleans, Mon Amour, starring Elisabeth Moss, which premiered at SXSW in 2008. Born in Moscow, she currently lives in Los Angeles.
Find out more here: apekina.com
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The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish
"The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish is brilliantly structured, with multiple characters narrating the events of the novel. It's an unusual technique that Apekina uses to stunning effect, creating a kind of narrative tension that propels the novel forward... The structure, characters and storyline are all refreshingly original, and the writing is nothing short of gorgeous. It's a stunningly accomplished book, and Apekina isn't afraid to grab her readers by the hand and take them to some very dark and very beautiful places." —NPR
Bookworm's Michael Silverblatt interviews Katya Apekina | 9/5/2019
"This impressive debut behaves like a great Russian novel transposed onto an American family. Katya Apekina discusses writing an emotional autobiography in a fictional story." Listen to legendary host Michael Silverblatt as he discusses The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish. (Producers: Shawn Sullivan and Alan Howard)
Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM Podcast | 5/1/2019
Katya Apekina, author of The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish, and Amy Hempel, author of Sing to It talk with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing.
The Avid Reader Show interview with Katya Apekina | 9/21/2018
Hear Katya Apekina discuss her debut novel The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish, her unique structure, and much much more.
Skylight Books Author Reading Series with Katya Apekina | 9/25/2018
Hear Katya Apekina discuss her novel and give a reading during this live recording from The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish book launch, with Michelle Huneven.
Craft interview with Katya Apekina | 9/19/2018
Read about Katya discussing her craft and process, and to learn more about how she wrote this unique and critically acclaimed novel.
35 Over 35 interviews Katya Apekina | 9/17/2018
Read about what she's reading now and what keeps her going.
Lit Hub group interview featuring Katya Apekina | 9/11/2018
The Lit Hub Author Questionnaire is a monthly interview featuring seven questions for five authors with new books. This month we talk to Katya Apekina (The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish), Esi Edugyan (Washington Black), Ben Fountain (Beautiful Country Burn Again), Lydia Kiesling (Golden State), Olivia Laing (Crudo).