Dream Girl

Book Author Joy Holley
Rights Available World excl. NZ

Alice wants a heart-shaped bed. Mary, Genevieve and Angelica want to know the future. June says she wants Lena to rescue her from a rat, but really she wants Lena to make out with her. Eve wants to get Wallace alone at the strawberry farm. Olivia just wants to leave the haunted boarding school and go home.

Bittersweet and intimate, comic and gothic, Dream Girl is a collection of stories about young women navigating desire in all its manifestations. In stories of romance and bad driving, ghosts and ghosting, playlists and competitive pet ownership, love never fails to leave its mark.

About the Author
Joy Holley
lives in Pōneke. Her writing has been published in journals and anthologies in Aotearoa and overseas, including Starling, The Pantograph Punch and Sweet Mammalian. She completed her MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters in 2020.




Te Herenga Waka University Press


210mm (h) x 138mm (w)



Contemporary Fiction, Short stories

Publication Date
May 2023

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


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These funny, original stories are the new cool girls of fiction. You’ll want to sit next to them.

Emily Perkins, author of Lionness

Dream Girl is a winning concoction – sweet, heady, funny, tight, sharp. Its stories start as they mean to go on – with charm, chic, laughter, skill and sting.

Tracey Slaughter, author of The Devil's Trumpet

Dream Girl by Joy Holley might just be Aotearoa's sexiest, dreamiest, most swoonsome book.

Donna Robertson

A tender and liberating book.

Emma Hislop, RNZ

Dream Girl will surprise and enthral, as every story is as satisfying and entertaining as the last.

Bella Sexton, the Post