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Wild Cold State
By Debra Monroe

A Wild Cold State

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Wild Cold State by Debra Monroe

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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 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780684815114
ISBN-10: 0684815117
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 133mm x 22mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Scribner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 19-Feb-1996
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author Debra Monroe

On the Outskirts of Normal by Debra Monroe On the Outskirts of Normal, Paperback (November 2015)

Reading On the Outskirts of Normal at times feels like driving through an unwieldy thunderstorm at night on the unlit country roads that snake their way to Debra Monroe's house in the woods; readers will feel her exhaustion but will be buoyed by her ever-present faith and fiery love.

My Unsentimental Education by Debra Monroe My Unsentimental Education, Hardback (October 2015)

Both the story of Monroe's steady rise into the professional class and a parallel history of unsuitable exes, this memoir reminds us how accidental even a good life can be. Funny, poignant, wise, "My Unsentimental Education" explores the confusion that ensues when a working-class girl ends up far from where she began.

Shambles by Debra Monroe Shambles, Paperback / softback (June 2011)

Originally published: Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 2004.

Newfangled by Debra Monroe Newfangled, Paperback (February 2000)

NEWFANGLED is the funny and poignant story of a woman's quest to find a physical and emotional home.

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US Kirkus Review » This outstanding second collection offers a series of short stories united by the common characters that inhabit a bleak Wisconsin landscape. In each of these eight tales, Monroe (The Source of Trouble, 1990) explores the many faces of love in rough and passionate, but also often oddly distant, terms. It's as if the hopelessness of a small town (with a population of 2,493, ten bars on two blocks of Main Street, and a high-school graduating class of 29) seeps into every relationship. Monroe handles unrequited love with just the right blend of sentimentality (to make it convincing) and dry wit (to make it palatable). In "The World's Great Love Novels," a young girl named Louisa recalls a life-altering summer at her family's cabin on Sunfish Lake, where she meets a girl named Zoe ("a year older than me, eighth grade: already a vamp....She'd peaked early") and falls hard for a guy named Brad; but even though Louisa and Brad never get together, years later, she admits that she still dreams about him. A college-age Louisa then gets her chance to generate longing in someone else when a man tries to win her away from her abusive, dope-dealing boyfriend and fails ("The Plow Got Through, Too Bad"). But sometimes, love proves possible, as when a middle-age Zoe, trapped in an empty marriage, elicits a passionate proposal from a man with whom she's been having what seemed to be a purely physical affair ("Plumb and Solid"). What makes all this romantic talk wash is that it's rarely romantic. The characters may want to believe in true love, but we see them learn to doubt that notion early on (Louisa knows the exact day her parents' marriage "went terminal"), and the largely female cast carry endlessly fascinating chips on their shoulders ("I understood sex? No. I didn't drive a car either. I had rage. This got me places"). Even when cold, these characters are hopelessly charming. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Debra Monroe

Debra Monroe, a former winnner of the Flannery O'Connor Award, is an Associate Professor in the MFA programme at Southwest Texas University, and is the author of THE SOURCE OF TROUBLE and A WILD, COLD STATE.

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