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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Four sisters, many lovers, and a series of settings both familiar and exotic delineate the nineteen linked stories in this award-winning debut collection. Whether leaving, returning, or staying put, the women who narrate these stories are bound to Alabama by history and habit, their voices informed by the landscape and lore of the New South. Michelle Richmond introduces us ...more
Hardcover, 169 pages
Published November 30th 2001 by University of Massachusetts Press (first published November 1st 2001)
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Steve Kettmann
My review published in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2002:

The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress

By Michelle Richmond


Remember this name: Michelle Richmond. It takes impressive talent and emotional range to trump the disappointments of "The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress," an at times mesmerizing, at times maddening collection of stories. This is a young writer whose future progression should be exhilarating to watch.

Richmond writes with grace and calm an
Beth Peninger
I think it takes great skill to write a short story that tells a complete story. Some authors can do it, others cannot. Richmond manages it in this book of short stories that all come together in the last one. She takes one girl, Grace, and somehow Grace is weaved into each story, even if her name isn't mentioned. Richmond weaves in and out of the people in Grace's life and tells some of their story to compliment Grace's. Richmond uses rich language, descriptives that make you feel as if you are ...more
Loved this book.
Maggie Kelley
This is a strange and beautiful collection of stories. Normally not a fan of the short story, I loved that Ms. Richmond's book felt like a novel. The stories all spin away from one main character, all related in unexpected ways. The writing is gorgeous and smart but not intrusive and the stories are unique, magical and more than a bit sad. I cannot recommend this book enough. It was like reading life. I thought it was beautiful.
I have read Michelle Richmond's novels and I had hopes for a good read with the stories. I really had the hardest time trying to figure out how all of the stories fit together especially considering how crazy the characters were. It just wasn't for me, and I'll be reading the next novel Richmond puts out. One book I didn't enjoy isn't enough to give up an author.
My favourite sort of short story collection, one which has threads and repeated images throughout. Somehow, this also had a distinct Paul Auster flavour....
Oct 27, 2008 Fredsky rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fiction writers
Excellent stories from a wonderful writer!
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I grew up in Alabama and have lived in Northern California for fifteen years. My books include the novels Golden State, The Year of Fog, No One You Know, and Dream of the Blue Room, and the story collections Hum and The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress.

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