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The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  8 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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Feb 23, 2016 Elyse rated it really liked it
Michelle Richmond, lives in California...(not 'too' far from me). I knew she was from Alabama,
but until now...all the other novels I've read by her have taken place in
Northern California ( written so well...a reader would think she was a Bay Area native)....
so, it was a treat to read the collection of these short stories...all linked to
Alabama --( coming or going).
Michelle gives us a 'Southern - historical flavor of the what's driving the community ...
in particular, one extended family from th
Steve Kettmann
Apr 27, 2010 Steve Kettmann rated it really liked it
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
Jan 11, 2014 Beth Peninger rated it liked it
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
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Jul 20, 2011 Maggie Kelley rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 15, 2009 Reca rated it it was ok
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.
May 09, 2013 Mary-Anne rated it really liked it
My favourite sort of short story collection, one which has threads and repeated images throughout. Somehow, this also had a distinct Paul Auster flavour....
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I grew up in Alabama and have lived in Northern California for fifteen years. My next novel will be out in the summer of 2017. 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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