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Gin Phillips

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Gin Phillips is the celebrated author of The Well and the Mine (winner of the 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction) and Come in and Cover Me (“original and strikingly beautiful” – Elle Magazine). Her recent novel, Fierce Kingdom, was named one of the best books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly, NPR, Amazon, and Kirkus Reviews. Her novels have been named as selections for Indie Next, Book of the Month, and the Junior Library Guild. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her family.

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An Essay I Wrote About ’80s Toys…and Women’s Rights

This piece was just published on CrimeReads.com this past week, and it looks at my research and writing process for Family Law. If you have fond memories of He-Man and Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake with her giant strawberry house, you might be surprised what was going on outside the walls of our playrooms. Read…
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"She did believe that time itself, like many a historical script, bore faint traces and of what had come before and been effaced.”

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This book is strange and beautiful and completely original. I underlined an absurd number of wonderful sentences, but what I most loved was how physical the book is (odd, since it’s a book about a ghost.) But the physicality of motherhood always stri ...more
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My favorite book of the year. The voice and the prose! Perfect from the very first page. It makes sense that Lily King wrote the blurb—the voice reminded me of hers, although I also thought of Jenny Offill and Elizabeth Strout. It's laugh-outloud fun ...more
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“She cannot think of such things and still function, and she has needed to function, and she has never wanted to be one of those women who won't let their children eat raw cookie dough or wander a block down the street without a chaperone, and you have to manage the terror or you can never watch your child walk out the front door. And here they are where death is shoving its bloody snout in their faces, and she has not considered it, not really, because she has some vague idea of what she will unleash if she does, the great gaping chasm that will open up. That is what you do when you have a child, isn't it, open yourself up to unimaginable pain and then try to pretend away the possibilities.”
Gin Phillips, Fierce Kingdom

“I hand over a lot of things when I'm home. Mom tells me she doesn't like my shirt I want to buy, and I hand it over. Not the shirt itself, but my wish for that shirt. I want to watch one television show and she wants to watch another one -I hand that over too. It's easier that way. I even hand over my toenails when she asks. But I think sometimes you need to put a thing in a box -even if the box is inside your head -and store it away for yourself.”
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“…there was a pattern to how things were done, rules we followed. Not following meant not knowing what might happen.”
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