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Female Trouble A Collection of Short Stories (Paperback)

Author:  Antonya Nelson
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0743218728
ISBN-13: 9780743218726
Sku: 31092460
Publish Date: 4/23/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  256
Age Range:  NA
 
Michael Chabon calls Antonya Nelson "absolutely one of my favorites among story writers today, " and David Foster Wallace declared, "I read her newest collection so fast the pages are singed." The Village Voice has also sung her praises, writing "Nelson's great gift is her ability to create characters so lovable -- even in the face of their many flaws."

The stories in Female Trouble shine with Nelson's characteristic sense of humor, her clean, powerful prose, and her skill at bringing to life the emotional undercurrents that shape lives and relationships. In one story, a husband must deal with his wife's decision to steal a baby during a visit to a famous theme park; in another, a thirty-year-old man is romantically involved with three women and unable to commit to any of them. And in "Loose Cannon, " Nelson uses the revolving relationship of an adult brother and sister to explore the idea that sometimes we create disasters so that others can be heroes.

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Female Trouble features thirteen wise, funny, and startlingly perceptive stories about the vagaries and revelations of womanhood. Named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best writers of her generation, Antonya Nelson explores the broad notion of family from myriad angles in Female Trouble. Set in the vividly rendered Midwest, these moving stories are dark and honest portraits of people in moral quandaries, gray areas, unclear circumstances -- from the three-timing thirty-year-old man of the title story to the divorced mother of a turbulent teen in "Incognito" to the sexually adventurous daughter of an adulterous mother in "Stitches." With Female Trouble, Nelson has created a cast of memorable characters who reveal us to ourselves with disturbing clarity and conscience.Female Trouble features thirteen wise, funny, and startlingly perceptive stories about the vagaries and revelations of womanhood. Named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best writers of her generation, Antonya Nelson explores the broad notion of family from myriad angles in Female Trouble. Set in the vividly rendered Midwest, these moving stories are dark and honest portraits of people in moral quandaries, gray areas, unclear circumstances -- from the three-timing thirty-year-old man of the title story to the divorced mother of a turbulent teen in "Incognito" to the sexually adventurous daughter of an adulterous mother in "Stitches." With Female Trouble, Nelson has created a cast of memorable characters who reveal us to ourselves with disturbing clarity and conscience.

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A collection of stories by a well-reviewed fiction writer. A New York Times Notable Book for 2002.

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Kirkus Reviews
"Always exquisitely sculpted and unerringly precise, the worst you could say about this collection is that it occasionally holds its characters at a remove." 12/15/2002

Bookforum
"Nelson has a poet's ear for language, and her portraits of emotionally challenged American families demonstrate an extraordinary understanding of the ways we contend with the world and with each other." - Kera Bolonik Summer 2002

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0256
Product attributePublisher:   Scribner Book Company
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