Debra Monroe

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Debra Monroe

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Debra Monroe is the author of four books of fiction, two memoirs, a textbook, a collection of essays.

Her first book The Source of Trouble was acclaimed as a “fierce debut” that presents “ever-hopeful lost souls with engaging humor and sympathy” (Kirkus Reviews). Her second book of stories A Wild, Cold State was described by The Boston Globe as “fine and funky, marbled with warmth and romantic confusion, but not a hint of sentimentality.” The Washington Post called her first novel “rangy, thoughtful, ambitious, and widely, wildly knowledgeable.” Shambles was praised by the Texas Observer as “a novel of graceful ease and substance.” Her first memoir On the Outskirts of Normal was published to national acclaim. Her second memoir My Unsentiment
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Average rating: 3.83 · 491 ratings · 100 reviews · 14 distinct worksSimilar authors
On the Outskirts of Normal:...

3.72 avg rating — 224 ratings — published 2010 — 13 editions
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My Unsentimental Education

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Source of Trouble

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Wild, Cold State

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Newfangled: A Novel

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Shambles: A Novel

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Naked Summer
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Debra Monroe Debra Monroe said: " I am reading this in galley proofs (I write book reviews). It's marvelous. Short stories with scenes so swiftly enacted you're stunned by the end of the story. This book is so human, so real, willing to take the kind of risks that make you cringe wit ...more "

 

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It Takes a Worried Woman by Debra Monroe
"Fantastic book! Monroe explores the power of worry -- and also when worry fails to help. She does not shy away from writing about heavy issues, but there remains a deep joy and a beauty in this collection. "
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We Are Bridges by Cassandra Lane
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The author, while pregnant, is haunted by the thought of her great-grandmother who was a young mother when her husband (the author's great-grandfather) was lynched. The lynching is whispered about in the family, but facts are scant. The author sets o ...more
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Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann
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I read a review of this and the review made it sound like a complicated rehash of Greek mythology. No! It's a stunningly insightful story about the way family trouble divides and unites us. (No one knows how crazy our family is except the crazy peopl ...more
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