A Jeweler's Eye for Flaw: Stories
In this striking debut collection, Christie Hodgen examines the shifting fortunes of several hard-pressed American families, charting their triumphs and failures with honesty and precision. Humor, loneliness, optimism, and despair commingle in these memorable stories.
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by University of Massachusetts Press
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In Christie Hodgen's first book, I'm intrigued as a writer to see her process of fleshing out characters and aligning her adjacent stories so that when they meld the reader in you feels satisfied but stricken or saddened or otherwise affected by the outcome. I read her third book Elegies for the Brokenhearted before picking up A Jeweler's Eye for Flaw. As I began reading Jeweler's I noticed right away that the stories and characters overlap with Elegies, especially those in the beginning. I foun...more
I began with this book of short stories and continued directly through Christie Hodgen's other two books, both of which sprang from ideas, themes, and characters first presented here. I am a fan of the author's use of the narrator who has survived. While deeply sad at times, she maintains an edge of humor that Is finely honed in intelligent people who manage to rise above (or at least float very near the surface of) bad situations in childhood. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Dr. Hodgen is most definitely a master of her craft. She takes great pains to illuminate the 'everyman'--those who might not have been given a voice by other authors. Most notably, the title story, "A Jeweler's Eye for Flaw" nearly ripped my heart from its bony cage.
Christie Hodgen is the author of Elegies for the Brokenhearted; Hello, I Must Be Going; and A Jeweler’s Eye for Flaw. She has won the AWP Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.More about Christie Hodgen...