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Unfinished Stories of Girls
The sixteen tales in Unfinished Stories of Girls are embedded in the quiet and sometimes violent fields, towns, and riverbeds that frame the human condition in tidewater Maryland. A girl in the tiny town of Cordova believes that she receives holy instructions to save men through sex. A Saint Michael’s housekeeper is jailed for forging employers’ signatures. A jewelry clerk ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Fomite
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"Unfinished Stories of Girls" is lovely, lyrical, and magical. There's a playfulness to the stories and an attention to language that I rarely see in fiction. The stories in this collection are emotionally engaging, sometimes heartbreaking, but this is balanced with a love of language and sound. I'm excited to see what Catherine Dent publishes next.
My book group had more to say about a single one of the stories in this collection than they did about Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. Evocative and elusive, these stories situate compelling characters in settings that are so deeply realized you can almost feel the weather. From the wonderfully crafted sentences to the open-ended conclusions that invite the reader to participate in speculation, this is a first-class story collection from a talented writer.
What a great read. Congratulations to my colleague Catherine Zobal Dent. These are offbeat and sometime rather tough and gritty stories. They draw you in and make you think. They can be mildly disturbing and I found myself putting the book aside after some stories, needing a break from it, only to be drawn back in soon after.
Catherine Zobal Dent was born in Washington, DC, and moved to the banks of the Tuckahoe River, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, when she was five. A graduate of Duke University, she spent time in California and Massachusetts before she earned her PhD at Binghamton University, starting the Wordscape open mic series, becoming the third editor of the journal Harpur Palate, and co-directing the Writi ...more