The story is about protagonist Mary Murphy and the people she can never forgetfive who are eulogized in an utterly unforgettable voice. Through quirky elegies that brilliantly evoke each character, Mary tells the story of her own life as daughter, sister and friend, and how her path has been shaped through her experiences and encounters with these people. The result is an unconventional and moving story about identity, family, and belonging. Joanna Smith Rakoff of The New York Times Book Review wrote of the book, Deeply, satisfyingly original [it] ultimately has an almost mythic grandeur.
Christie Hodgen is also the author of "Hello, I Must Be Going" and "A Jeweler's Eye for Flaw: Stories." She has won the Associated Writing Programs Award in Short Fiction and two Pushcart Prizes, as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Led by Evelyn Fischel, Saturday Samplers is a book discussion group dedicated to sampling various kinds of literature, including short stories, nonfiction, new and old novels, and even teen fiction. Its goal is to search out interesting, noteworthy, and sometimes overlooked books. Readers can find information about the group and about the books and authors on the reading list at http://saturdaysamplers.blogspot.com. No sign-up is needed to join the discussion. Call the library at 766-0118 for more information.