The Devil and the Dairy Princess: Stories

What happens when the stories we’ve been told fail us? In 10 provocative and unsettling tales, Pedro Ponce ’93 grapples with the human instinct to create a narrative out of disparate experiences.

The Devil and the Dairy Princess interrogates the power of stories to impact us for good or ill. We are all taught that love is destined to happen with our soul mate and that hard work eventually leads to success. But when faced with circumstances that no longer fit the chosen narrative, some protagonists cling to their outmoded stories with greater fervor, while others realize the old stories no longer suffice, so they choose to inhabit a new reality in stories yet to be told.

Perfect for any reader who enjoys literary realism or speculative fiction, The Devil and the Dairy Princess reveals the episodic history of humanity’s romance with narrative, from first love to breakup to hopeful reconciliation.

Winner of the 2020 Don Belton Fiction Prize