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A Lesson in Manners

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The ten stories in this haunting and hilarious collection offer a how-to manual for dealing with love, lies, and loneliness. Sam Wesson, an up-and-coming country-western singer, plots to get pregnant without her boyfriend's consent, while Dacey, already pregnant, confronts her cheating husband over her secret checking account. Andrea rescues a stray dog to avoid facing her ...more
Paperback, 126 pages
Published April 7th 2016 by Snake Nation Press
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Mary Davidsaver
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading A Lesson in Manners: Stories by Misty Urban, I took the time to look up the definition of manners. I wanted figure out how “manners” fits into the title of Urban’s collection of distinctive short stories that covers such a wide swath of American life: from a country-western singer to a night-shift convenience store clerk.

Urban gives a unique voice to women who are arriving at crossroads of important personal choices. She includes a few males out of fairness. And with no fairness at
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Karen
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. Each story has so many layers, so much complexity that it's like eating an over rich dessert that you have to put down and digest for a bit before you continue.
Mary Howard
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I first read the short story "A Lesson in Manners," in SISTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY, I was moved by the story and by the unusual way it was told. Re-reading it as the title story in this collection, I found it even more touching and provocative. An omniscient, second-person narrator both predicts and relives, for the "you" in the story, the timeline of losing her beloved sister. It is a story told with exquisite detail and pain. Why such unfair loss? is a question this masterful story cannot answe ...more
Mark Davidsaver
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed every story. Besides the obvious motif of women protagonists making life decisions there is a darker thread through many of the stories. The author does a great job bring characters and situations to life. The dialog (from many regions) was lively and believable. I particularly want to note that the author's descriptions of characters and scenes was beautifully done.
Lennox Randon
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Urban has crafted 10 beautifully written stories of remarkable breadth. Each character is fully realized and their tales feel so real that I wonder how one person could write so many characters so deeply without actually experiencing their lives. I love the line, "You are not yet fluent in tears. You will be."
SPOILER ALERT--

The only flaw for me as a reader is that I want to know what happened to each character, but the author made the artistic choice to leave the stories open-ended. As a reader,
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Terry
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked up a copy of A Lesson In Manners that stopped me in mid-read of one of my favorite authors. I sat up and paid attention to her writing. Her prose are poetry. Misty has an unique ability to shape the voice to match her characters in her stories. These stories transported me into the places she created, so I could experienced her characters’ internal emotional landscape, and their relationships. I highly recommend her books to people who appreciate a beautifully written experience.
Jodie Toohey
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I'm not a frequent reader of short stories, but I loved this collection. All of the stories grabbed me from the first sentence. They beautifully described the settings/scenes and told stories about many distinct characters, all with their own voices. In just a few pages, this author let me deep into a character's life, made me care for that character, and left me wondering about her when the story was done. As a novelist, I admire the immense talent and skill this must take. Beautifully written, ...more
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I got this book for free on Amazon. I found it to be a fascinating book.
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Misty Urban is a fiction writer, medievalist, essayist, teacher, and curator of femmeliterate, a blog about feminism, literature, and women in/and/of books. She holds a Ph.D. in Old and Middle English and an MFA in fiction from Cornell University and currently lives, after several peripatetic turns about the U.S., in eastern Iowa. ...more

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