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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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Dana
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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.
Kathy Curto
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Spare yet rich. Raw yet tender.
Based on the stories in this collection, I think it's safe to say Catherine Zobal Dent is a writer who trusts her readers. She offers all and nothing, simultaneously, and somehow nails it. "It" being that magical combination of what keeps a reader turning the page. The character development, use of the sensory and the offering of tiny details are particularly well calibrated here. An homage to Maryland's Eastern Shore, Unfinished Stories of Girls nudges gentle sugg
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Kim Alkemade
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Paige Gardner
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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So! Unbelievably! Good!!! Often in short story collections there's a few that I'm pretty neutral about, but not with this one. Nope. I loved every single story. The characters, the writing style, the plots, the language. All of it. Fantastic!!!
Doug Seaberg
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Laura
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Emotionally riveting, haunting language, characters you root for though they break your heart. A more in-depth review to come! But a quick review in three words: READ THIS BOOK.
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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

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