Wild, Cold State

Debra Monroe

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Wild, Cold State

Wild Cold State In the lavishly acclaimed collection of short stories A Wild Cold State Flannery O Connor Award winning author Debra Monroe takes us into the lives of women striving for love and emotional fulfillme

  • Title: Wild, Cold State
  • Author: Debra Monroe
  • ISBN: 9780684815114
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the lavishly acclaimed collection of short stories A Wild, Cold State, Flannery O Connor Award winning author Debra Monroe takes us into the lives of women striving for love and emotional fulfillment amidst a forbidding topography of glacial winds and stormY, unpredictable men.Set in rural Wisconsin, these interwoven tales run a gamut of moods and textures, ranging fIn the lavishly acclaimed collection of short stories A Wild, Cold State, Flannery O Connor Award winning author Debra Monroe takes us into the lives of women striving for love and emotional fulfillment amidst a forbidding topography of glacial winds and stormY, unpredictable men.Set in rural Wisconsin, these interwoven tales run a gamut of moods and textures, ranging from the warmly nostalgic The World s Great Love Novels, in which the young narrator observes the extreme compromises adults make in the name of love, to the hard edged and gritty Crossroads Cafe, in which a waitress searches for tenderness, though nothing in her life so far suggests that tenderness is available.Rendered in a spare and poetic style and marked by a nuanced grasp of relationships and the vagaries of desire, the stories in A Wild, Cold State offer a familiar and resonant portrayal of the complexities of everyday life and the fundamental human need for connection.

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    1. Steven on said:

      One thing that struck me about these stories is that many of them begin with extremely complex first paragraphs. They don't use a simple hook to draw you in, or an intriguing situation or image to hold your attention, they instead weave complexity, drawing you in how? "Have a Ball" is a great story, just the kind I always hope to find when I read short fiction. "Crossroads Cafe" is the oddity of the collection, the only one where Monroe went after a different voice. A good subversive story, but [...]

    2. Notcathy J on said:

      Cathy says: "transparently autobiographical. 'lyricism' verges on incoherence at times."

    3. Graham Oliver on said:

      The tying together of characters makes this as much as a novel as a short story. Monroe also grew in her ability to create distinct characters since Source of Trouble.

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